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2022 Assembly

 

Upcoming Webinar Series: “The Effect of War on Trafficking and Exploitation for Women and Children.”

 

“War and displacement bring with them an increased risk of people being exploited in prostitution and human trafficking. Women and children are at particularly high risk when families are separated as a result of war.’’

(Ms. Anna Ejstedt, Swedish Ambassador against Human Trafficking).

With this in mind & in light of the continuing conflicts and warfare, the RENATE Core group have prepared 3 mornings of excellent input from experienced colleagues who are prepared to help us understand/address/communicate with/make provision for and assist those who have been impacted by conflict and war-situations.

The webinars will run from 08:30-11:30 (UK), 14, 15 & 16 May 2024 focused on the theme: “The effect/consequences of wars/war-situations on trafficking and exploitation – esp. for women and children.”

’War and displacement bring with them an increased risk of people being exploited in prostitution and human trafficking. Women and children are at particularly high risk when families are separated as a result of war.’’ (Ms. Anna Ejstedt, Swedish Ambassador against Human Trafficking).

With this in mind & in light of the continuing conflicts and warfare, the RENATE Core group have prepared 3 mornings of excellent input from experienced colleagues who are prepared to help us understand/address/communicate with/make provision for and assist those who have been impacted by conflict and war-situations.

The webinars will run from 08:30-11:30 (UK), 14, 15 & 16 May 2024 focused on the theme: ’The effect/consequences of wars/war-situations on trafficking and exploitation – esp. for women and children.”

To register to attend the Webinars, please email communications@renate-europe.net

Over 100 letters received from students following Awareness Raising event

 

Receiving over 100 heartfelt letters from the sixth form students at Loreto College, Manchester was nothing short of inspiring. Each message, written to be shared with the victims and survivors of human trafficking, was filled with sincerity and warmth and carried a unique touch that spoke volumes about the compassion and empathy of these young individuals. From words of encouragement to personal anecdotes of overcoming challenges, every letter was a testament to the power of connection and the impact of genuine kindness.

We would like to deeply thank the students of Loreto VI Form College, Manchester UK, for their impactful and heartwarming gesture. 

CARITAS Slovakia participates at OSCE Conference

 

Caritas Slovakia was among the 60 countries actively participating in the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) conference titled “Beyond Awareness-Raising: Reshaping Prevention for the Future.” This significant gathering brought together experts, policymakers, and practitioners from around the world to delve into crucial strategies for combatting human trafficking.

During this conference, our colleagues Silvia Dančová and Eliška Koťuchová had the invaluable opportunity to engage with leading experts and gain cutting-edge insights into the most effective methods for combating trafficking in human beings. They participated in workshops, panel discussions, and interactive sessions designed to foster collaboration and share best practices.

Link  to OSCE official video: https://fb.watch/rC1hr-wRur/

OSCE leaders and anti-trafficking experts underscore need to rethink prevention methods to address evolving trafficking tactics.

 

OSCE Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Dr. Kari Johnstone, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Matteo Meccaci and Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migration Ugochi Daniels at the opening session of the 24th Conference of the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons in Vienna (OSCE). Photo courtesy of OSCE & its photographer.

Notwithstanding the significant investments in awareness initiatives, traffickers continue to bypass our prevention tactics, outpacing the resources directed toward ending exploitation. The 24th Alliance Conference against Trafficking in Persons analyzed the current prevention efforts in order to offer solutions to reshape approaches to prevention.

Grounded in the OSCE’s comprehensive prevention framework, the conference focused on:

– Delving into inherent and circumstantial vulnerabilities to trafficking and root causes of exploitation,

– Identifying gaps in the current prevention strategies to address existing and emerging forms of trafficking, including those that are often overlooked,

– Sharing lessons learned and discussing innovative policies, tools, and practices to reshape strategies for more impactful prevention.

The webinars emphasized the critical need for a driven-by-data and whole-of-society approach that involves governments, civil society, the private sector, and communities working together to create inclusive and innovative solutions.

To view three Livestreams of both days: https://www.osce.org/event/alliance24

To read an overview/review of the two days: https://www.osce.org/secretariat/566800 

Medaille Trust appoints new CEO

 

Dani Wardman has been announced as the new CEO of Medaille Trust, a UK-based anti-trafficking organisation with links to RENATE. Wardman joins in the stead of outgoing CEO Garry Smith, who has gone onto a new directory role with the Salvation Army. Dani Wardman’s extensive previous experience includes her previous role as CEO at Survive, a sexual violence charity specialising in theraputic counselling and support for victims.

Medaille Trust runs ten safe houses across the UK, making it one of the biggest providers of supported accommodation for victims of trafficking and exploitation in the country.