2022 Assembly


RENATE member Sr. Dalia Verbyle SJE, talks on national radio about the possibilities for awareness raising, prevention and supports for survivors of human trafficking in Lithuania.


In Lithuania, there is a growing understanding in society that Human trafficking is both a local and a a global issue. Kristina Misieniene from The Centre Against Human Trafficking and Exploitation and Sr. Dalia Verbyle SJE, as RENATE members, were interviewed about this problem on Mary’s Radio in Lithuania, during the broadcast called “Topicalities.” 
Sr. Dalia presented the biblical theme of leaving slavery, citing two examples, one of Moses being sent by God: “Go and save your own people!” and another example being Mary and her Great Magnificat as a hymn of freedom. Pope Francis’ message was also referenced: “No more slaves, just sisters and brothers!”  Sr. Dalia spoke about RENATE, as a Religious Network in Europe working against Human Trafficking and Exploitation, continuing the work of God in the contemporary, modern world.
Kristina emphasised some practical issues encountered by those working with human trafficking in Lithunia, examples being the lack of cooperation between the institutions and the absence of shelters for victims.  Both Dalia and Kristina, as members of Renate were looking for the possibilities of how the Church in Lithuania, especially Religious communities, could become safe places of shelter for the victims of human trafficking. Publicity about this possibility is very important, so there is a need to have a website, teaching, shelter/s, films, discussions, broadcasts, movement and actions like daily prayers for the victims. These would be good foundations upon which to build a supportive network in Lithuania.
Sr. Dalia Verbyle SJE
Kaunas, Lithunia
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

Support for the Members: Criteria for applying for funding from RENATE


Support for the Members: Criteria for applying for funding from RENATE
One of the major objectives of RENATE is to support the members in their daily work and to build capacity for this task. To achieve this objective RENATE has a Fund which members can request.
To avail of this fund the applicant must comply with RENATE’s Criteria and the Donor’s Guidelines. Up to ten applications will be considered each year. Over this number will be considered in the following financial year.
It is envisaged that the Fund be used for:

  • Language course
  • Short respite care for worker
  • Upskill a worker in the field of Human Trafficking

(not planned for in the Project’s Annual Budget)

  • To meet the emergency needs of those who have been trafficked or may be at risk of being trafficked (not for infrastructure):

For example:

  • health issues
  • homelessness: 6 months’ rent to help families become independent (resettlement)
  • education of woman or childcare fees so as to be free to avail of any educational course.

Up to €1000 for language course and  €2000 for a local project/Capacity Building per applicant per annum (at the discretion of Core Group).
For financial auditing purposes, the successful applicant must submit receipts with evidence of completion of task and /or a copy of certificate of attendance (where applicable).
How to Apply
Members can avail of this fund by completing the application form available at
Alternatively, you can write to RENATE’s official email address for an ‘Application Form’.
Please return the completed form electronically to [email protected]
The request will then be taken to RENATE’s Core Group for approval/non approval.
(Core Group meet once a month).
The Secretary will inform the applicant of the outcome.
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

I am Still Here- new movie about Human Trafficking, wins film awards at NICE International Film Festival.



I am still here, a new movie published on 28 May 2017 about human trafficking, has been awarded grand prize at the NICE International Film Festival. The independent film has also been awarded numerous other film festival awards, including Audience Choice, Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor/Ensemble.
Directed by Mischa Marcus, the film features 10-year-old Layla, played by actress Aliyah Conley, during the initial 48 hours of her abduction. Layla is sold into the sex trade and struggles to escape from her captors.
The fact that the film has been awarded such high accolades indicates there will be widespread international screening of the film, which will be helpful in awareness-raising and prevention of human trafficking.
A trailer for the film is available at:

News items on RENATE France website.


New items featured on RENATE France- item (1) is simply statistical data about human trafficking in general.
Item 2. Is the French version of the article on NAPTIP- Nigerian National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.
1.   Information sur la traite des êtres humains en Europe
par Begoña Iñarra
Globalement, le coût moyen d’un esclave est de 120 €. La traite implique principalement une exploitation qui se présente sous plusieurs formes, notamment: – Forcer les victimes à la prostitution – Soumettre les victimes à l’esclavage ou à la servitude involontaire – obliger les victimes à commettre des actes sexuels dans le but de créer … Lire la suite Information sur la traite des êtres humains en Europe
Lire la suite
2.   L’Agence Nigériane contre la traite (NAPTIP) demande la collaboration de l’Europe
par Begoña Iñarra
La nouvelle Directrice générale de l’Agence nationale nigérienne pour l’interdiction de la traite des personnes (NAPTIP) a fait appel à un partage des renseignements entre le Nigeria et les pays européens pour lutter contre la menace de la traite des êtres humains. Mme Julie Okah-Donli a fait cet appel lorsqu’elle a reçu l’ambassatrice de Finlande … Lire la suite L’Agence Nigériane contre la traite (NAPTIP) demande la collaboration de l’Europe
Lire la suite

E-Bulletin No. 7.June 2017.


Dear colleagues,
For your information, please find attached the Agenda for the forthcoming Talitha Kum coordination meeting, which will take place in Rome, from the 19th-23rd June 2017.
Talitha Kum is an international network of Consecrated life against trafficking in persons and is a project of the International Union of Superiors general (UISG), in collaboration with the Union of Superiors General (USG). It is a network of networks, organised in many different ways, each promoting initiatives against trafficking in persons in their particular contexts and cultures. 
Founded in 2009, Talitha Kum arose from the shared desire to coordinate and strengthen the already existing activities against trafficking undertaken by consecrated persons in seventeen regional networks in seventy countries across the five continents.
Working as a network facilitates collaboration and the interchange of information between consecrated women and men and in this regard, Imelda Poole, IBVM, President of RENATE, will represent RENATE at the coordination meeting. A report on the meeting will issue in due course. More at: E-Bulletin No. 7.June 2017.
Further information on Talitha Kum is available at
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

E-Bulletin 6. June 2017: EU Anti-Trafficking publications.



Dear participants of the EU Civil Society Platform against THB,
Following from the meeting of the Platform of 30-31 May 2017, please find attached the power point presentations as follows:

A personal message from the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator.
‘’Thank you for your active participation and contributions to the biannual meetings. Your work is crucial in assisting, protecting and supporting victims of trafficking, in contributing shaping local, regional, national and EU policies; and your diversity brings a crucial value added to our joint efforts.
During the meeting last week, in workshops and networking breaks, several of you shared experiences and ideas, mentioned reports, made references to upcoming and foreseen events. We wish to encourage you once more to consider all these examples as input to be shared with all participants to the e-Platform. It is important to ensure we make full use of this instrument to give continuity to discussions, both making and input and receiving information, and that we involve those additional NGOs that are not included in the meetings.  
Best regards and looking forward to hearing from you,’’
Office of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator. 
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

The Nigerian Anti-Trafficking Agency (NAPTIP) calls for European collaboration.


Ms. Julie Okah-Donli, new Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)
Ms. Julie Okah-Donli, new Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)

The new Director General of the Nigerian National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) called for intelligence-sharing between Nigeria and European countries to combat the threat of trafficking in human beings.
Ms. Julie Okah-Donli made the call when she received the Finnish Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms. Jirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, who led a team during a visit to Abuja on April 24, 2017.
Ms. Okah-Donli explained that, in order to combat trafficking in human beings, gathering information was a fundamental requirement.
“Sustained cooperation, capacity building, monitoring and information sharing must be some of the basic ingredients to tackle the threat of human trafficking that is currently a global concern. I am also concerned about the difficulties of migrants related to Europe and Nigeria, especially on the issues of illegal migrants,” said Okah-Donli.
Members of RENATE working with migrants in Europe welcome this statement from NAPTIP in the belief that collaboration and cooperation are essential in the fight against trafficking and exploitation.
For more: Http://

18 June 2017 – 2nd anniversary of Laudato Si.’


To mark the 2nd anniversary of Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home, you might like to listen to A Prayer for our Earth, composed by his Holiness Pope Francis, has been put to music and is available at
The Vatican specially commissioned a video to convey the sentiments expressed in the poem and is available at
A prayer for our earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live 
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, 
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
A Christian prayer in union with creation
Father, we praise you with all your creatures. 
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!
Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!
Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts 
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!
Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made. 
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak, 
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light, 
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
Amen.   (24 May 2015 at St. Peter’s, on the Solemnity of Pentecost).

Towards a more comprehensive understanding of the term ‘Sexual Exploitation.’


Research is currently under way in Europe, with the purpose of arriving at a definition of ‘sexual exploitation’ in order that we understand its broader application beyond human trafficking.
Initiated in January 2017, Project DESIrE (Demand for Sexual Exploitation in Europe) is a two- year research-based study, which explores current definitions of the term ‘sexual exploitation’ and its application, (pp. 5-7). The research then proposes wider definitions of the term, as it applies to not only human trafficking, but also to prostitution, sex-slavery, sex-work/survival sex.
A suggested definition of ‘sexual exploitation’ will be tested throughout the research, which emphasises a collaborative approach to addressing the phenomenon and possible solutions.
A number of initial recommendations include ‘’To further develop a holistic approach to prevention of sexual exploitation by avoiding the use of an individualistic model of responsibility, that puts the whole responsibility of the existence of sexual exploitation on the shoulders of consumers and facilitators by introducing a collective responsibility model where all societal stakeholders, governments included, are responsible for reducing the underlying system of injustice and inequality that fuels sexual exploitation’’ (p.9).
Full research proposal at
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.