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Report from the CODE Red Human Trafficking Awareness Conference

 

Sr. Margaret Gonzi, RGS, RENATE Member, reports on her presentation and attendance at the June 12th, 2015 CODE Red International Conference on Human Trafficking Awareness in Malta, entitled “Now or Never – Act of Love”
The Conference is the initiative of Mr Alec Douglas Bvumburah, the founder of the Cross Culture International Foundation Malta (CCIF).
There is not much talk in Malta about Human Trafficking. So I was pleased that this conference took place. The fact that the Acting President of Malta, Ms. Dolores Cristina, opened the Conference showed the importance of tackling this issue.
I am glad that I was invited to contribute by giving a presentation on, “What the Church is doing to stop the evil done by Human Trafficking.” I focused on Pope Francis’ plea to work together to end this evil and following on from this, I talked about RENATE and how this Foundation operates to bring people together, as well as its mission based on Gospel values. I included the work done by my Congregation, The Good Shepherd Sisters, in addition to various other organizations in Malta such as the Jesuit Refugee Services Malta, Caritas and the Diocesan Emigrants` Commission.
Other speakers spoke on “Child Trafficking from a Maltese Perspective” where specialized training to help child victims was emphasized. A Police Inspector spoke on “Human Trafficking from a policing viewpoint and additional work to be done.” While a University of Malta Law student spoke on “The National Action Plan.” A representative from The Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security spoke on “Progress made in the fight against Human Trafficking in Malta and the way forward”. In this talk the importance of research and compiling statistics was emphasized.
The Conference ended on a positive note with the commitment of all present, to help combat human trafficking.
Agenda of CODE Red Human Trafficking Awareness Conference in Malta
 
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

World Refugee Day, 20 June

 

World Refugee Day honours the strength and resilience of the more than 50 million people around the world who have fled war, persecution, and human rights abuses. It is a chance to renew the global commitment to end armed conflict, and to help the people who have been forced to flee their homes. Even one family torn apart by war is too many. Information is available at: www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday
Advocacy resources are available at: www.tinyurl.com/Ib8r6mf
Adapted and compiled by Anne Kelleher, Communications Person.

World Day against Child Labour, 12 June

 

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. The World Day brings together governments, employers, and worker’s organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them. More information is available at: www.un.org/en/events/childlabourday
Adapted and compiled by Anne Kelleher, Communications Person.