2022 Assembly


Others are different, and that’s great!


“Others are different, and that’s great!!!” This is one of the slogans from our training on cultural differences in street working, which we experienced in Częstochowa last weekend (April 21-23, 2023). Our guide in exploring the cultural horizons of the whole world was Dr. Krzysztof Sobieraj, a psychologist and lecturer. The training was attended not only by members of the Bakhita Section, but also by nuns and lay people involved in street work and helping migrants. We learned what culture really is and how broad its presence is in our relationships with others. We learned what can limit us in contact with people from other cultures and how to behave so that this contact is uplifting and enriching. We got to know various psychological concepts defining dimensions and cultural differences and we had the opportunity to practice them “to our cost”, which you can see in the attached photos. The training space was also an opportunity to exchange experiences, establish new contacts and “unfinished” conversations, this time our guest was William Lauderdale from the International Justice Mission, which is starting its operations in Poland. We trust that the knowledge and experience of workshop exercises passed on to us as well as countless conversations will bring good fruit in our places of service and in contact with our charges.

Gabriela Hasiura, CP. Poland.

Sr. Adina Balan appointed new Talitha Kum regional representative of Europe


Sr. Adina Balan has been appointed as the new Talitha Kum regional representative of Europe.

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Sr. Adina Balan wurde zur neuen Regionalrepräsentantin von Talitha Kum für Europa ernannt. Erfahren Sie mehr…/eine-cj-schwester-als…/

La Hna. Adina Balan fue nombrada nueva representante regional de Talitha Kum en Europa. Más información…/una-hermana-cj-como…/

Webinar: The Needs And Stories Of Male Survivors Of Child Sexual Abuse, Exploitation And Human Trafficking


A Webinar will be hosted by the Ad Laudato Si Integral Ecology Forum on Tuesday 25th April at 6pm CEST, focusing on the topic of male survivors of childhood abuse and trafficking.

Presenters will tell of the difficult journey of male survivors, uncovering and identifying the social interactions that harm and aid male survivor recovery and healing, as well as further exploring the barriers that hinder disclosure.

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URAT joint statement on the increasing numbers of Albanian victims of human trafficking in the UK


Over the past years, Albania has been among the most commonly-referred nationalities in the UK when it comes to modern slavery.

In the fourth quarter of 2022, from the total of 4,418 potential victims of modern slavery referred to the Home Office, the most common nationality was Albanian, which accounted for 27% (1,181) of all potential victims (compared to 28% in the quarter 3 2022). Matching the proportion of the previous quarters, the number of Albanian nationals reached its highest figure since the NRM began.

Alongside these alarming numbers, more than 200 children are missing from government-approved accommodation, most of them Albanian. This situation not only exposes the missing children to various vulnerability factors but also makes them vulnerable to being exploited in the county lines in the UK

But why so many Albanian victims?

Even if geographically positioned at the heart of Europe, Albania has been a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking for decades. The main push factors contributing to the trafficking of Albanians are poverty, oppression, lack of human rights, lack of social or economic opportunity, political instability and other related factors. Pull factors include false promises of job opportunities, romantic relationships, luxurious lifestyles, or better living conditions.

The recent Joint communique between UK & Albania, especially point 3.3 says that “in line with and in order to maximise implementation of the UK-Albanian readmissions agreement, will increase returns to Albania including those over the age of 18, who, have been identified by UK competent authorities as victims of modern slavery (as defined in the UK legislation) and as victims of human trafficking (as defined in the Albanian legislation)”. NGOs in Albania would be faced with extreme challenges to provide support to new beneficiaries, while the lack of public social protection remains an ongoing challenge to support long-term reintegration efforts.

We have to ask why people are running from Albania and what is going on that remains hidden.

The majority of Albanians are denied their human rights to a decent work and living wage, humane housing, clean water, adequate education and infrastructure. The generational trauma and the desperate feelings accruing from generations of Albanians experiencing physical and psychological abuse at the hands of other nations over 550 years and within the country in recent years, such as communism until the 90s, a national bankruptcy which led to a civil war in 1997, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in 2019, a global pandemic and an ongoing war in the nearby borders have aggravated the vulnerability of Albanians and their need to escape and seek for a better life elsewhere.

Better cooperation between Albania and the UK, alongside more ethical media reporting processes and anti-racist statements, has the potential to result in more helpful responses in addressing the current narrative.

STOP Trafficking newsletter


The STOP Trafficking newsletter is a monthly information resource. This month’s edition focuses on the 2022 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, with a broken-down analysis of its key findings and recommendations for advocacy and action in response. Notable global trends include the respective impacts of climate change and conflict, both factors increasing vulnerability to trafficking and exploitation, and calls for online social platforms to do more to prevent their services being used by exploiters to groom and recuit their intended victims.

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