Since the 1st of February, 2017, RENATE member, Andrea Bezáková (Bohdana), has assumed the position of Director of a new shelter and counselling centre in Innsbruck, the Austrian Tyrol. This new centre is sponsored by SOLWODI Austria, under the Chairpersonship of RENATE member Patricia Erber, SDS, in conjunction with a number of Religious congregations and aid organisations.
The centre in Innsbruck has opened following SOLWODI’s consultations with regional conferences of Religious and with civil society organisations, to consider the possibility of establishing an additional support centre to cater for the needs of women in western Austria, who have become victims of human trafficking, forced prostitution, exploitation and violence.
The operation of the new centre will be based on SOLWODI’s experiences at its counselling and services centres in Vienna and eastern Austria, which offer assistance and support to victims of human trafficking and forced prostitution.
A professional psychotherapist and experienced social worker and counsellor, Bohdana shares the shelter with five trafficking victims and is very busy meeting the various demands of establishing a new centre. New staff are being recruited to meet the demand for counselling and professional services.
Our prayers are with Bohdana as she manages this new centre and coordinates its vital work.
Solwodi AUSTRIA – TIROL: Innsbruck.
Telephone: 0676 94 77 191
Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.