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Human Trafficking Training with Hospital staff.


Until recently, responding to Human Trafficking was considered the task of the police. It is now recognised that healthcare providers have the potential to play a crucial role in human trafficking prevention, identification and intervention.

Trafficked patients are often unidentified due to lack of education and preparation available to healthcare professionals at all levels of training and practice. The medical sector is increasingly open to opportunities to attend training and awareness-raising regarding human trafficking.

In Albania, MWL staff have just completed presenting an intensive series of seminars on Human Trafficking – identification and action , amongst the medical professions in Tirana, centring on the provocative question ‘’Who is in your waiting room?’’

Areas covered in the seminars were: What are the health risks associated with Human Trafficking?; How can healthcare professionals help to prevent Human Trafficking?; How do Human Trafficking victims use the healthcare services?; What roles can healthcare professionals play in treating victims and survivors?; What resources are available to victims?; What are the healthcare needs of victims during recovery?

While human trafficking is a complex and pervasive human rights issue and crime, healthcare is one of the few places where victims encounter a professional in a safe setting and possibly have an opportunity to consider options to escape the trafficking situation.

It is likely that training and working with the medical sector will broaden and deepen RENATE’s reach in its efforts to combat and end Human Trafficking and Exploitation.

Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

The networks of sin and the networks of prayer A conference on human trafficking and forced prostitution- SOLWODI Hungary, on the occasion of the International Day of Awareness and Prayer against Human Trafficking, 8 February 2019.


On the 8th of February 2019, with the participation of H.E Michael August Blume Nuncio, H.E Ferenc Cserháti, the Bishop of Hungarians living abroad, Rev. Elemér Vízi SJ, the Hungarian Jesuit Provincial, a conference and prayer event took place in Budapest, in the House of Dialogue. It was organized by the SOLWODI Hungary Association and the House of Dialogue, the Jesuit Spiritual and Cultural Centre.

Since 2015 the Hungarian religious sisters have organized the prayer event in the Jesuit Church, calling all to join in prayer for the victims of HT on the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita.

Father Szabolcs Sajgó SJ, Director of the House of Dialogue, was the moderator of the programme, having initiated the inaugural meeting at this venue by the sisters of SOLWODI Hungary in 2018. In his opening speech,  H.E Michael August Blume Nuncio echoed the pope’s call addressed to all of us: to welcome the victims of violence. The example of St. Bakhita is very powerful witness of God’s healing love.

H.E. Michael August Blume SVD Nuntio

Ms. Ágnes Németh, a police colonel, gave a talk entitled: Human trafficking in Hungary, possible ways of collaboration between the Police and the Church. On the one hand she clarified the key notions and concepts of Human Trafficking; on the other hand,  Ms. Németh offered some possible ways of cooperation for the Church. She emphasised the awareness-raising and prevention programmes and the welcoming presence of the Church people and communities could offer a great help for the victims.

Ms. Ágnes Németh, a police colonel

Sr. Gabriella Legrádi SCSC, president of SOLWODI Hungary Association began with a very touching personal experience of how had she met a trafficked woman. Then she  presented the short history of the Association.

Sr. Judit Knab CJ spoke about the Associations’s activites: awareness raising workshops for Church people, networking and prevention. She underlined the specific strength of the organization: the members believe in the power of the prayer – network and also are connected to different international religious networks against Human Trafficking.

Sr. Gabriella Legrádi SCSC, president of SOLWODI Hungary Association

After a short coffee-break, a round table discussion followed with the participation of Ms. Ágnes Németh, Katalin Radics and Sr. Gabriella Mézinger SJC – both founders of SOLWODI Hungary.

The event concluded with Holy Mass which was celebrated in the Jesuit Church.

Photo: Merényi Zita

Text: Kiss Péter/Magyar Kurír.

Translation; RENATE member Sr. Gabriella Mézinger.



URAT network Prayer Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tirana, Albania – 8 February 2019 International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.


On 8 February 2019, the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, St. Bakhita Day, the URAT Network in Albania, with the support of the Archbishop of the Diocese of Tirana-Durres, organized a special prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Tirana.

This event gathered all those who work in the anti-trafficking field in Albania. Among those present were Imelda Poole MWL, Ms. Brikena Puka, Vatra Psycho – Social Centre; Mrs. Syrie Pepa, Erion Prendi SHKEJI Organization; Ms. Ana Majko, ARSIS Initiatives; Different and Equal; Don Marjam Lumci; United Response Against Trafficking (URAT) Albania and RENATE.

Many thanks to all who made this evening a success: Ana Stakaj with MWL who facilitated the service on behalf of URAT; Erion Prendi from SHKEJ, chair of URAT, who coordinated the presentation; Gazi Memaj who organized the beautiful music; and Genc Gjoci who works with MWL and coordinated the youth presentations during the event.We prayed together for the victims of trafficking, we made calls to stop this action and lit candles for the victims. Two short films were also shown, one of Pope Francis speaking about the fight against human trafficking in the world and the other a performance of a song called: ‘Inside so Strong’,  sung by the girls of Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham, UK, and dedicated to the victims of Human Trafficking, a song of hope and strength.


Organized events from RENATE members in honour of St. Bakhita Day, 8th of February 2019: International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking.


St Bakhita Day in Albania,  8th of February 2019.

From Albania, we have news of a number of events which are organised. Of particular note is the Prayer Vigil on 8 February, based on the theme ‘’Together against human Trafficking.’’

The Vigil will see the collective strengths of all those who work in the anti-trafficking field in Albania. It includes Mrs. Rovena Voda, Anti-trafficking Coordinator / Ministry of Interior; Ms. Brikena Puka, Vatra Centre;  Mr. Alfred Matoshi, The Men’s Shed; Mrs. Syrie Pepa, Different and Equal; Ms. Ana Majko, ARSIS Initiatives; a message of solidarity from the Honorable Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones; United Response Against Trafficking (URAT) Albania; RENATE;  Don Marjam Lumci and the Deputy Ambassador of OSCE, Mr. Robert Wilton. The text of the Prayer service is included below.

Prayer Vigil “Together against Human Trafficking!” 8 February 2019, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tirana, Albania.

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St Bakhita Day in Hungary,  8th of February 2019.

On the occasion of St. Bakhita Day in Budapest, H.E. Revd. Michael August Blume, svd, Papal Nuncio to Hungary, will open a Prayer Service jointly organised by the Religious sisters and colleagues at SOLWODI Hungary and their brothers from the local Jesuit community.  RENATE member Gabriella Legradi sends us a Flier of the Prayer service as attached.

Following the opening prayers by the Nuncio, a policewoman from Máriabesnyő will speak about the crime of Human Trafficking and its impact not only on the victims, but also on their families, the local community and wider society.

It will be an opportunity to share about the Solwodi Association in general and the collaborative work undertaken to combat Human Trafficking and support survivors.

The prayer service will conclude with some time for quiet reflection and private prayer, followed by Holy Mass.

You can see the link on the website following the service.


The Ayme, a weekly resource sheet produced by Loreto Ministries for use in schools and associated ministries throughout Australia and South-East Asia.

It is primarily a resource for staff who are then invited to adapt material for members of their community.

Please click here to read it.


St Bakhita Day in France,  8th of February 2019.

Popes Intentions for 8 February 2019 – from RENATE France blog.

Reflection on the 8 February 2019- by Sr. Begona Inarra & Sr. Marie Helene Halligon. RENATE France blog. 

“Let is shine a light on 8 February yo remember trafficked victims and survivors,” Blog from RENATE France, composed by Sr. Begona Inarra & Sr. Marie Helene Halligon.


St Bakhita Day in Italy,  8th of February 2019.

Each year the Medaille Trust sets aside the feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of human trafficking victims, to pause and reflect on the scale of the challenge and give thanks for the fantastic energies of those willing to come together to support victims and combat modern slavery.


This year, St Chad’s Cathedral in central Birmingham will host an ecumenical occasion with music and spoken word to inspire and motivate everyone present, no matter what their beliefs or practice.

The evening will also see the launching ‘Look Up,’ the Trust’s six year awareness-raising partnership with the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

You are warmly invited to attend. There will be a drinks reception afterwards in the Grimshaw Room of Cathedral House.

Friday 8th February at 6pm  (doors open 5.40pm)

St Chad’s Cathedral, Queensway, Birmingham. B4 6EU

Leader of the service: His Grace Archbishop Bernard Longley

Speaker: Rt. Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, retired Anglican Bishop of Derby and Chair of the Anti-Slavery Commissioners Advisory Panel


Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.