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World Day against Trafficking in Persons. July 30, 2017.

 

 

 
Many different organisations, committed  to working against trafficking in persons, unite in a joint declaration to bring attention to this subject. They call on governments and civic organisations to unite and to increase their commitment to reduce this crime, especially among the migrant population, asylum seekers and refugees who are the in most  vulnerable situations and among the principal groups subjected to trafficking in persons.
Please find the texts and banners in five languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English.
We invite you to:

  • read the declaration and publish it on social media;
  • publish the banner on Facebook;
  • dedicate a time of prayer, or a minute of silence to remember the victims of trafficking . If you wish you can download the prayer from the website of the world day of prayer and reflection against trafficking, which is available in different languages at the site http://preghieracontrotratta.org/;
  • send this declaration to other governmental and non-governmental organisations in your country who are also committed to anti-trafficking.  

Please click here for full information: http://www.talithakum.info/news/84/world-day-against-trafficking-in-persons-july-30-2017
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Sr. Gabriella Bottani.
Coordinator Talitha Kum.

SECTT- the sexual exploitation of children embedded in the context of travel, tourism or both (The Global Study, p.20).

 

Now that summer-time travel is at its busiest, UNICEF in the United States of America, alert us to the findings in their Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism, conducted in 2016, specifically,  ‘’offenders include both domestic and international travellers of varying ages, races, and genders.’’
The study reminds us to be alert to the fact that children from all backgrounds and genders are especially vulnerable to sexual exploitation in the context of travel and/or tourism. Indigenous children, displaced children and children living in poverty were found to be especially at risk.  
Full Study is available at http://globalstudysectt.org/global-report/
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.
 

Laudato ‘Si ‘’Centre-stage in the life of the Catholic Church.’’

 

The Annual Conference of the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales, takes place on 21-23 July at the Hayes Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire, UK. This year’s theme is ‘’A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The Challenge of Pope Francis.’’
The keynote speaker is Fr. Peter Hughes, an Irish Columban priest who has spent five decades as a missionary in Latin America. Fr. Hughes will draw upon his witness there to highlight the symbiotic relationship between combating poverty and protecting the natural world.
The interconnectedness of all our actions, is a central and recurring theme of the Conference and one which is aligned to the Sunday Gospel of 23rd July, with the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast. In both parables,  the natural agents (seed and yeast) once set in motion,  work away on their own, quietly and oblivious to the other. But through the intervention of human agency (planting and kneading), both agents come fully into their own. Amongst the lessons we learn from the parables is that of the value of inter-dependence. The garden and kitchen settings of the parables remind us that it is in our ordinary, everyday lives, relationships and activities, that we need to be alert to the possibilities of prevention of human trafficking and the exploitation of others.
Workshops to be held during the weekend, include Care for Creation; Sustainable Agriculture; Mining; Indigenous People; Stigmatisation of the Poor; Divestment from Fossil Fuels; Archbishop Romero; Volunteering and much more. There will also be a workshop on Modern Slavery.
For further information: http://www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/conference/
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications person.

Local authority in the UK votes unanimously to initiate a human trafficking awareness campaign.

 

In a proactive response to an increase in the incidences of modern slavery, Hertsmere Borough Council recently voted to initiate a human trafficking awareness-raising campaign, with a view to helping ‘’…end modern slavery and human trafficking and raise awareness in the community.’’
So far this year, 37 modern slavery cases have been reported to the Hertfordshire constabulary, a significant increase from 26 reported cases in 2016.
Councillors have received training from Operation Tropic, the police anti-trafficking team and are committed to supporting multi-agency actions to collaborate in prevention and awareness-raising.
A series of community awareness events are planned to take place in August and the police anti-trafficking team will be present at a number of the events, where they hope their presence will encourage active engagement and participation from members of the general public.
For more, please see www.hertsmere.gov.uk/modernslavery.
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person. 
 

Pope Francis does not allow us ignore the connections between organised crime, of which Modern Slavery is one.

 

Last month the Vatican hosted its first conference on corruption and organized crime, inviting 50 prosecutors, U.N. officials, bishops and victims of organized crime for a day of talks.
RENATE Core group member, Marie Hélène Halligon, represented RENATE at that conference and wrote her report on the conference which is available on the RENATE website, under the June listings.
On 19 July, 2017, Pope Francis reminded the world about the need to continue to pray and be vigilant about organised crime in a tweet 
 “We pray for all the victims of the Mafias, we ask for the strength to go on, to continue to fight against corruption.”

Papa Francesco 
✔@Pontifex_it
Preghiamo per tutte le vittime delle mafie, chiediamo la forza di andare avanti, di continuare a lottare contro la corruzione.
12:30 PM – 19 Jul 2017
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For more, please see: Pope Francis does not allow us to ignore the connections between organised crime and modern slavery.
 

News from the summer session of the Council of Europe Conference of INGO’s, 26-30 June 2017.

 

 

 
RENATE Core Group member, Marie Hélène Halligon, RGS, shares with us an update on the news from the recent CoE meetings in June, at which Marie Hélène represented RENATE, through the invitation of our Andante colleagues.
Among the many varied debates organised during the week, some of the highlights were:

For full information, please see
http://www.coe.int/en/web/ingo/newsroom/-/asset_publisher/BR9aikJBXnwX/content/news-from-the-summer-session-of-the-conference-of-ingos-26-30-june-2017?inheritRedirect=false&redirect=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.coe.int%2Ffr%2Fweb%
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Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

RENATE member, Sr. Begoña Iñarra, Missionnaire de N.D. d’Afrique (Sœurs Blanches), shares her presentation to the round-table discussions at the UN, on the interconnectedness of migration and human trafficking.

 

From left Fr. Johannes Maertens (Benedictine Calais), Br Taizé, Sr. Begoña Iñarra (MSOLA, member RENATE), P. Antoine Paumard (SJ JRS), Sr. Yveline Gerard table animator round.

 
In her presentation, Begoña speaks about the migration journey and plight of Nigerian women trafficked into prostitution in France; the distinction between ‘smuggling’ and ‘human trafficking’; the complexities encountered when human trafficking is viewed as a transnational crime instead of being viewed as exploitation of victims; the successes and failures encountered so far by RENATE-France and associated organisations in their efforts to support victims and survivors.
Begoña emphasises the need for migration policies throughout the EU to adapt and include the concept of Protection when addressing Human Trafficking and concludes on a positive note, inviting Religious to respond to the call, saying;
‘’The task is too big for one individual, one single congregation or group. Only together can we eliminate trafficking and modern slavery in our societies. Victims need people who can help on the path towards freedom. We have the material and human resources, such as many older sisters who have the time and the ability to listen and to love, which the victims need in their recovery processes.’’
For more: https://renatefrance.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/migration-des-victimes-de-la-traite-humaine/
 
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.
 
 

US Government votes to Re-authorise and Strengthen Key Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation which targets human traffickers. 11 July 2017.

 

In a strategic move to turn the tables on human traffickers, the House of Representatives passed the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Re-authorisation Act of 2017 (H.R. 2200), named after the abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
Many of the tools which the United States uses today in combatting human trafficking, stem from the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 2000, a landmark Act. That Act led to the development and publication of the annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) and country Tier rankings, thereby making the issue of human trafficking unavoidable for world governments as they were faced with public exposure of their respective profiles in combating and prevention of human trafficking.
Currently, more than 120 countries worldwide have enacted anti-trafficking legislation and while the recent TIP 2017 Report records that 27 countries were upgraded to a higher tier, the TIP 2017 Report also records 21countries fell to a lower tier, indicating considerable work is required internationally.  
In a statement prior to the vote to approve the 2017 Act, the House of Representative Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mr. Ed. Royce stated ‘’Exposing the harsh reality of human trafficking to international daylight is a central tenet of the legislation…it turns the tables on international traffickers by authorising the State Department to offer and publicise bounties for their arrest and conviction.’’
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.
 

Scotland takes positive measures to help victims of human trafficking.

 

 

 
The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, recently announced that the Reflection Period of support for victims of trafficking in Scotland will increase from 45 to 90 days, with the intention of protecting the most vulnerable members of society. Michael Matheson said the extended period is triple the Council of Europe minimum time and twice as long as the rest of the UK.
The change to the Reflection Period in Scotland, was made after consultation with victims’ groups and other justice agencies, and is a key part of a new strategy launched in May 2017, aimed at eliminating human trafficking in Scotland.
Addressing a Holyrood debate on trafficking, Matheson said: “Trading adults and children as commodities is an abhorrent crime which degrades victims and causes lasting physical and psychological damage. There were 150 victims of trafficking supported in Scotland last year, each person suffering abuse and exploitation over weeks, months or even years. This cannot continue in our communities. We are working hard to make Scotland an increasingly hostile place for those who traffic other human beings, while also improving the support we provide to victims. We have been listening to groups working directly with victims and I am pleased that we will now double the length of support available for adult victims to 90 days.”
The previous 45-day support period in Scotland, has been repeatedly highlighted by the Anti Trafficking Monitoring Group (the ATMG a coalition of anti-slavery organisations established to monitor the UK’s implementation of European anti-trafficking legislation) and other UK NGOs, as inadequate for most survivors where the complex and often lengthy process of recovering from the trauma of being trafficked can take months and even years. 
The Reflection Period was mentioned for the first time in an EU Council Directive in 2004, on residence permits for victims of trafficking (EU Council Directive 2004/81/EC of 29 April 2004).
A comparative analysis of reflection periods and related temporary residence permits for victims of trafficking in the Nordic countries, Belgium and Italy, entitled ‘’Balancing Protection and Prosecution in anti-trafficking Policies,’’ is available at https://ec.europa.eu/anti-trafficking/sites/antitrafficking/files/balancing_protection_and_prosecution_in_anti-trafficking_policies_1.pdf
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.