2022 Assembly


Interpellation Ethics of Women who Practice Prostitution.


Oblate of the Most Holy Redeemer Sister Maria Luisa del Pozo has written an informative and interesting research on the ethical considerations to be considered when addressing human trafficking and exploitation of persons. Entitled Interpellation Ethics of Women Who Practice Prostitution, the book describes what is meant by prostitution and trafficking in persons and challenges us to understand and address this phenomenon from an ethical perspective. 
Published by FUNDERÉTICA- the European Foundation for Study and Ethical Reflection, an English translation version is available on the RENATE website. 
Interpellation Ethics of Women who Practice Prostitution.
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications

OSCE Conference on Trafficking in Children and the Best Interests of the Child.


Trafficking in Children and the Best interests of the Child– OSCE Annual Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference, 3-4 April 2017.
The aim of this year’s conference was to enhance the coherence of international efforts and further promote integrated approaches to respond to child trafficking. The conference arose from an alliance of international and civil society organisations wishing to collaborate to strengthen measures to prevent child trafficking, protect children’s rights and efficiently prosecute perpetrators.   
Focusing on the three ‘Ps’, Prevention, Protection and Prosecution, topics discussed at the conference included:
Policies and measures which may foster the best interest of the child.
Threats facing children in crisis situations.
Factors which increase children’s vulnerability.
The adequacy of existing child protection systems.
Special emphasis was given to the increasing numbers of children on the move, including unaccompanied minors and internally displaced children.  Kevin Hyland, OBE, UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner was particularly concerned about the escalation in numbers of children being trafficked and called on all countries to work together and strategically deploy their resources at prevention of any further escalation. Fr. Michael Czerny, SJ, Under Secretary of the Migrants and Refugees section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, spoke on behalf of Pope Francis, who encouraged the authorities to do more to combat human trafficking. Full message available at
360 representatives of the 57 OSCE participating States and 11 Partners for Co-operation, major international organisations and NGO’s as well as academia, civil society, the media, trade unions participated in the conference which really was a forum in which participants could analyse case studies, exchange good practices and explore possibilities for collaborations in order to adequately respond to child trafficking in a rights-based and child-friendly manner.
As RENATE is about to undertake research on Child Trafficking in seven of its member countries (Albania, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Slovakia, the Netherlands and the Ukraine), attendance at the conference will be particularly useful for the times when we may have to rely on governmental organisations and NGOs to provide data that may be otherwise inaccessible.
Official report on the conference due shortly.
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.       

MEPs in Strasbourg debate a planned revision of the EU's Strategy Towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2016).


A debate on EU anti-trafficking strategy began on 3rd April 2017 at the European parliament, Strasbourg.
MEPs have begun debating a planned revision of the EU’s Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2016).
The current strategy served as guidance for implementing effective means of preventing trafficking, protecting victims and prosecuting traffickers. was planned to run until December 2016. Increased global migration has added an additional dimension to the challenges of human trafficking, with both migrant smuggling and human trafficking being lucrative and exploitative businesses involving human beings.  
A revised strategy has been announced but is yet to be adopted by the Commission. The draft resolution includes action by EU and member states’ external services to address poverty, oppression, lack of respect for human rights, armed conflict and economic and social inequalities.  MEP’s are also likely to call for transnational, legal and practical responses to human trafficking, in light of the fact that progress in the prosecution and conviction of human traffickers remains limited across Europe. 
Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, said that around 80% of “registered or presumed” victims in Europe between 2010 and 2012 were women. An EU directive passed in 2011 obliges member states to offer gender-specific support to trafficking victims.
RENATE Core Group members Marie Hćlène Halligon, gsn, and Monica Chickwe, som, will attend the 7th Annual International Symposium on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling, in Brussels on the 17 May 2017, where the EU’s Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings will be a core, foundational document informing discussions. Attendance at the Symposium will provide RENATE with a timely and invaluable opportunity to explore developing integrated solutions to tackle human trafficking and migrant smuggling. The Symposium will also add to our knowledge-base on effective means of identifying victims, awareness raising and improving multi-lateral cooperation. 
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.   

Talitha Kum shares sad news about Europe becoming a 'hub' for Child Sexual Abuse Content.


Europe (including Turkey and Russia) has overtaken North America as the continent hosting the largest number of child sexual abuse images and videos on the web (source: Internet Watch Foundation, the UK body responsible for finding and removing abuse content from UK networks).
According to IWF figures up to 2015, 57% of child sexual abuse images and videos were hosted in North America but by 2016, this number decreased substantially to 37%. Improved identification capacities, reporting and policing by internet firms in North America are believed to have been responsible for this decrease.
Full report
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

ACCION SOCIAL CONFER news 4 April 2017


Justa del Sol, from ACCION SOCIAL CONFER, Spain (the Spanish Conference of Religious) sends us news of the recent meeting of the Inter-Church Group against Trafficking in Persons, which took place on the 4 April 2017 at the CONFER head offices in Madrid.
Present were representatives of the main Religious institutes and Church organisations involved in the work against trafficking in persons in Spain and carers of victims, namely; the Adorers, Caritas, Cruz Blanca Foundation, Dominicans of the Presentation, the Episcopal Conference, Justice and Peace Society, Mary Ward (Ireland), the Oblates, Villa Teresita and lay experts on issues of human trafficking and exploitation. They shared their experiences and best practices, as well as the challenges they encounter in their ministry.  One of the most challenging realities is the fact that human trafficking continues to be ‘invisible’’ to the wider society and therefore continues to thrive. 
Of particular value was the opportunity to share practical ideas which encourage the work of other congregations and NGO’s in the fight against human trafficking. In the spirit of Easter and hope, the meeting concluded with a positive outlook towards the collaborative efforts of all those present, in the fight against trafficking and exploitation.
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Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

Introduction to report on RENATE training -Migrants and Trafficking- 19-25 March 2017.


In the context of an unprecedented influx of migrants and refugees into Europe and the ensuing increased incidences of trafficking and exploitation, RENATE arranged training with a specific focus on Migrants and Trafficking, attended by twenty-nine of its members.
It was a full week, situated within the broader, expansive world-view proposed by Laudato Si, which acted as a unifying thread running through the entire week
A wide range of experienced practitioners from the Netherlands shared their wisdom and knowledge relevant to the topic. The following are some of the themes covered:

  • understanding the distinctions between ‘Trafficking,’ ‘Smuggling,’ ‘Fraud’ and ‘Grey areas,’ and the complexities therein;
  • the influence of the media and how it might be harnessed positively as means of awareness-raising;
  • the practicalities of offering shelter and support in the Netherlands, to victims and survivors;
  • Forgiveness as a means of healing;
  • the Right to Protect;
  • the complexities of considerations underpinning the Safe Return/Voluntary Return programme;
  • the impacts of EU legislation and international legal frameworks on humanitarian actors who are often deterred from providing assistance as a result of the consequences of such legislation and frameworks;
  • experiential learning at the SPEK Centre in The Hague, where representatives from the Dutch Council for Refugees presented on the ecumenical projects for refugees and undocumented people at the centre.

This report is a reference document for the week’s training on the theme of Migrants and Trafficking and is best seen in the context of the various speaker’s papers and PowerPoints, shared at the training.
Report available at: Report on RENATE Training ”Migration and Trafficking, 19-25 March 2017′
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.