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It is not possible to remain indifferent before the knowledge that human beings are bought and sold like goods!

 

‘’It is not possible to remain indifferent before the knowledge that human beings are bought and sold like goods! The human person ought never to be sold or bought as if he or she were a commodity. Whoever uses human persons in this way and exploits them, even if indirectly, becomes an accomplice of injustice.” March 2014  Continue reading “It is not possible to remain indifferent before the knowledge that human beings are bought and sold like goods!” »

‘’Every human being, man, woman, boy and girl, is made in God’s image.Therefore,modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labour and prostitution, and organ trafficking, is a crime against humanity.” Dec 2014

 

‘’Every human being, man, woman, boy and girl, is made in God’s image.Therefore, we declare on each and every one of our creeds that modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labour and prostitution, and organ trafficking, is a crime against humanity.” Dec 2014

Peter – trafficked for cheap labour

 

Peter
“I let myself be lured into working abroad. At that time I had already been broken. I didn’t mind. I would cut lettuce, fill containers with it. Twelve, more than twelve hours every day. When it was time to be paid, they found all sorts of excuses. I would get up and go to bed while being kicked. Now it’s all coming back to me what I have been through..
Since I have returned lots of positive things happened. It has all been sorted out for son and mother. I sleep and eat better. I gave up drinking and smoking.’’

Dáša – abused by strangers

 

“I am really troubled that men – strangers abused my body, it was heinous. Even when my heart was bleeding I had to smile. Although tormented and on the verge of death I really desired to live. Every moment I was seized by fear, I was annoyed by so many things and people and felt worthless. I did not want to perform services on the street, but I was forced to, I did not know how to defend myself from him. I felt, I feel impure.
I am too wounded, humiliated, too afraid of being disappointed in life again. Before I used to be a happy girl, had plans, ideas for life. I longed to start a family, have a husband, kids… now I don’t know, I am afraid, I don’t trust men. Many people say that true love shall cure it, so where is it? May it come soon… I handed my past into God’s hands and try not to go back to it. I also pray to my patron saint. I strive for forgiveness but it is not easy. I would like to be independent, be included into society. I have certain dreams, to live in the eternal happiness…“

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Ivan – victim of Human Trafficking

 

Ivan– Winner of Unchosen’s Best International Film on Modern Slavery- announced 15 March, 2018.

Directed by Jan Husar, this documentary records the testimony of Ivan, a client of Caritas Slovakia as a result of being a victim of human trafficking.

Sadly, Ivan passed away on the eve of the feast of St. Bakhita, two years ago.

You can view the film at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrOXHn-gj84&feature=youtu.be

Unchosen is a UK charity that uses film to inform others about Modern Slavery in the UK. Their methodologies include campaigns, events, training and film packages.

Best International Film on Modern Slavery: IVAN

 

The award ceremony took place on March 15 in Bristol. The short film competition was announced by the organisation Unchosen who use the power of film in fight against-modern slavery.
“Ivan died at the age of 48, at the consequences of the disease less than two years after his rescue. It was on February 7, 2016 – the eve of Saint Bakhita´s Day, the patron of trafficked victims….”

See the winning film:

RENATE member addresses Global Compact Conference, March 2018: The Church’s Perspectives on the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees.

 

Mabel Mariotti, MCCI,  a Comboni sister working with SOLWODI Germany and a member of RENATE, is scheduled to speak on behalf of RENATE at the Global Compact Conference taking place at the Catholic Academy in Berlin on Friday, 16 March 2018.
Mabel shares the 6th and final session of the conference with H.E. Mr. Kevin Hyland, OBE, UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner and Mr. Carsten Moritz, head of the Human Trafficking Unit, German Federal Criminal Police Office. This session addresses the theme Protecting: Suppressing Human Trafficking. Mabel will present on the topic: Solidarity with Women in Distress (SOLWODI) & Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE).
The Conference Programme is available at: file:///C:/Users/akell/Downloads/Agenda%20-%20Conference%20Global%20Compacts%20Berlin%2016-03-2018%20(08-03-2018)%20(002)%20(1).pdf
Watch this space for a report on the Global Compact Conference, which will feature at a later stage.
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

Missing Persons Families Support Centre launches Amber Alert Facebook March 2018

 

On 14 March, 2018, the Missing Persons’ Families’ Support Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania, launched its Amber Alert- Facebook in Lithuania as part of a joint campaign entitled ‘’For a Safe Lithuania.’’ The President of Lithuania, Ms. Dalia Grybauskaitė, participated in the launch which took place at the Presidential Palace’s Centre for Civil Education. Ms. Anne Hall, U.S ambassador to Lithuania attended, as did representatives of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Police Department.
AMBER Alert is a Facebook-related system that enables law enforcement to send a message containing a recent photo and information about a missing child to all users located within a radius of 200 km from the location where the child was last seen.
Lithuania is the first country in the Nordic region to have such a system.
Please see below a series of documents containing further information about the event.

On 13 March Ms. Natalja Kurcinskaja, Director Missing Person’s Families Support Centre was awarded the Courageous woman award for dedication to the subject of missing children from the U.S ambassador to Lithuania.
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Pagarbiai/ Yours faithfully
Projekto vadovė/Project manager
Rugilė Butkevičiutė
Dingusių žmonių šeimų paramos centras/ Missing persons’ families support centre
Žaliųjų ežerų g.85,
LT – 08403, Vilnius
Lietuva/ Lithuania                                                    
Tel/Fax: 8 (5) 248 33 73
Mob: +370 692 99 570
missing.lt
Dingo vaikas? Skambink 116 000. Visoje ES veikiantis NEMOKAMAS pagalbos telefonas, skirtas dingusių vaikų artimiesiems. www.116000.lt
Missing child? Call 116 000. Free helpline for missing children relatives in all Europe. www. 116000.lt
Missing Persons Families Support Centre Programme for launch of Amber alert Fb Stystem in Lithuania

RENATE member awarded Lithuania Woman Of Courage.

 

Ms. Natalja Kurcinskja, Director of the Missing Person’s Families support Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania, was presented with the Courageous woman award for dedication to the subject of missing children . Ms. Anne Hall, US Ambassador to Lithuania, presented the award and congratulated Natalja for her exemplary courage and tirelessness in continuing to bring the spotlight on the plight of missing children in Lithuania and the impact on the families of those who are reported missing.
The Centre collaborates with Civil Society and Government in order to reduce the numbers of those who fall victim to human trafficking and will hold a number of collaborative initiatives throughout the coming year. More information about the work at the Centre, at:  http://www.missing.lt

Dingusių žmonių šeimų paramos centras/ Missing Persons’ Families Support Centre
Žaliųjų ežerų g.85,
LT – 08403, Vilnius,
Lietuva/ Lithuania.
Tel/Fax: 8 (5) 248 33 73.
Mob: +370 692 99 570.
missing.lt
Dingo vaikas? Skambink 116 000. Visoje ES veikiantis NEMOKAMAS pagalbos telefonas, skirtas dingusių vaikų artimiesiems. www.116000.lt
Missing child? Call 116 000. Free helpline for missing children relatives in all Europe. www. 116000.lt
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.