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2022 Assembly

 

GRETA’s 2023 annual report highlights the need for strengthening trafficking victims’ access to justice and effective remedies:

 

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) published its latest general report of activities on the 29th April 2024, highlighting the key achievements in 2023.

These include the publication of 11 new country evaluation reports (in respect of Azerbaijan, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) and the launch of the fourth evaluation round of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, with a thematic focus on vulnerabilities to human trafficking.

The report includes a stocktaking of the third evaluation round of the Convention, which focused on trafficking victims’ access to justice and effective remedies. With this round of evaluation being completed in respect of most of the State Parties to the Convention by the end of 2023, GRETA analyses trends emerging from its country reports, drawing attention to gaps in the implementation of the Convention, as well as promising practices.

GRETA alerts that information is not provided in a manner that takes into account the situation of victims of trafficking and is not always comprehensible to victims. This can be aggravated by the fact that a number of states have problems in ensuring access to qualified and independent interpreters for victims of trafficking.

To access the report, please click here: https://rm.coe.int/13th-general-report-on-greta-activities-covering-the-period-from-1-jan/1680af7268

To read more, click here: https://www.coe.int/en/web/anti-human-trafficking/-/greta-s-2023-annual-report-highlights-the-need-for-strengthening-trafficking-victims-access-to-justice-and-effective-remedies

RENATE Members “Different and Equal” participating in Europe Week 2024 in Shiroka, Albania.

 

During Europe Week 2024 in Shiroka Albania, representatives from Shkodra Municipality, NGOs, EU projects, and local artisans joined forces, emphasizing their commitment to progress and unity in Albania.

A significant project discussed was “Consolidation of Victim Empowerment Systems in Albania @ Shkodra (TVESA@Sh)” led by RENATE members within Different and Equal, along with Shkodra Municipality and KMOP – Center for Social Action and Innovation (Greece). This project, funded by the EU Program “Support for Social Inclusion in Albania,” aims to strengthen support for victims in the region.

These collaborative efforts demonstrate a dedication to improving communities, empowering individuals, and promoting social cohesion, aligning with the EU’s vision for an inclusive society. The successful execution of such initiatives represents progress toward social inclusion and sustainable development in Albania.

Congratulations to all involved on such a successful event!

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.

Prevention of human trafficking: Education and Information

 

195 young people in schools in the municipalities of Vlora, Berat, Durres and Diber about human trafficking and gender-based violence issues through 6 informative sessions on “Knowledge and information regarding the development of trafficking phenomena, including new forms of trafficking and exploitation, as well as the role of schools and advice for preventing trafficking.”

47 specialists of Health Centers in Klos and Mat were part of the meetings to increase the information and awareness of the medical staff about the phenomenon of human trafficking. The participants expressed the importance of such meetings for increasing the level of information and improving capacities for identifying trafficking victims and reporting cases to local structures for receiving specialized services.

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Week of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking in Rome, Italy

 

An employee of Vatra Center, together with 3 other young people from Albania, took part in the week of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, occurring from February 2nd to February 9th, organized from Talitha Kum. A group of about 40 volunteers perform a promotional video, “flash-mob” style, in Rome’s central Santa Maria in Trastevere Square Feb. 6, 2024, with music, clapping and holding aloft handmade signs with words like, “Freedom,” “Hope,” “Stand together,” “Dignity” and “Respect” in different languages.  

In Albania, on February 8th, 2024, URAT Network honoured St. Bakhita Day with over 50 community members, youths, representatives from various religious congregations, and frontline anti-trafficking organisations joined forces at Famullia Shën Dominiku – Durrës, for an enlightening interfaith program.

🌍St. Bakhita’s story is one of triumph over adversity. Originating from South Sudan, she endured the atrocities of slavery before emerging as a ray of hope for victims of human trafficking globally. 

💬Our event provided a platform to listen, dream, and act, echoing this year’s theme of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. 

🔍Participating in the event offered valuable insights into the complexities of trafficking and various approaches to combatting it. Attendees gained a deeper understanding of the root causes of trafficking and its evolving forms. 

Week for the Protection of Victims of Crime in Albania

 

“Vatra” Center has joined the initiative of the Ministry of Justice, for the organization of the Week for the Protection of Victims of Crime in Albania. The specialized team of professionals has informed the public about the specialized support offered especially to victims of trafficking, victims of gender-based violence, victims of sexual abuse and their children in accessing integrated and multisectoral services. As part of this campaign, Vatra produced an informative brochure “Inform and Search” to inform the public about the criminal offenses of human trafficking, gender-based violence and sexual abuse.

In the framework of this initiative, Minister of Justice, Mr. Ulsi Manja, and Mayor of Vlora Municipality, Mr. Ermal Dredha, visited “Vatra” Center. The focus of the discussion with professionals and beneficiaries of the organization’s programs included: Strengthening the proactive response of justice authorities to fortify the defense system for victims of criminal acts; Ensuring the sustainability of integrated service models that cater to the needs of crime victims, particularly those affected by trafficking and their children.

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