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.
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
Dingo vaikas? Skambink 116 000. Visoje ES veikiantis NEMOKAMAS pagalbos telefonas, skirtas dingusių vaikų artimiesiems.
Missing child? Call 116 000. Free helpline for missing children relatives in all Europe. www.
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:

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.
Dingo vaikas? Skambink 116 000. Visoje ES veikiantis NEMOKAMAS pagalbos telefonas, skirtas dingusių vaikų artimiesiems.
Missing child? Call 116 000. Free helpline for missing children relatives in all Europe. www.
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

Caritas Slovakia share with us events in honour of the International day of awareness and Prayer against Human Trafficking, feast of St. Josephine Bakhita.


This year’s campaign was special for several reasons, including the fact that parishes from all over Slovakia joined in the campaign. Whether accompanied by Taizé songs, within the Holy mass or Adoration, Caritas Slovakia commemorated and prayed  for victims of trafficking- Caritas Slovakia’s clients and people enslaved all over the world.
Amongst the events was the screening of a short film, ‘’IVAN,’’  a former client of Caritas Slovakia whose testimony was recorded two months before he died, on the eve of the feast of St. Bakhita, 2016. It is the 3rd last item in the link below.
More at:
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

Lending your support to campaigns against Human Trafficking and Exploitation.


There are a variety of ways in which we each work to raise awareness about Human Trafficking and bring about its demise. One of the simplest ways to do this is to add our voice to international campaigns such as Thunderclaps, Petitions and other similar forms of campaigns open to support from people worldwide.
Freedom United have a series of continuing campaigns which you might like to add your support to. For the month of March, they are running the Celebrate Women’s History month, highlighting particular women’s stories.  Many of these stories relate to women trafficked from Europe.
Please log on to the link below for more information.

The latest news from Talitha KUM UISG:

Synod on Youth – #Synod2018
In March 19th – 23th, 2018 young people will gather in Rome to prepare the XV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.Two young people will represent the work of anti-trafficking:
Ndaba Tinyiko Joan, from the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa. Tinyiko is the coordinator of Without Chains, a group of young people, part of CTIP. The youth are very active to reis awareness and to organize prevention activities of trafficking among young people in South Africa. Tinyiko will represent Talitha Kum.Blessing Okeinedion, author of the book “The Courage of Freedom”. Blessing is a surivors of trafficking, she is a cultural mediator and collaborates with the network of Italian religious against trafficking.It is important that the voice of young people from the peripheries will reach the synod. Their voice must be represented. For this reason, Talitha Kum asks to all the networks to take action and to participate.
Let us invite young survivors and young people who work with us to get connected and to follow the pre-synod on the website and through the social networks. Pope Francis in his speech to messages to the mayors of large cities meeting in the Vatican, said that “in order to be truly effective, the common commitment to raising ecological awareness and to combat modern forms of slavery — trafficking of human beings and of organs, prostitution, illegal labour — must start at the peripheries”.

Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

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:
 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.
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

OSCE Trafficking of Women and Girls a form of Gender-based Violence.


Trafficking of women and girls is a form of gender-based violence, based on inequality, said participants at an event organized on 15 March 2018  by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on the side-lines of the 62nd meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, in New York, (CSW62).  
The event, which focused on the need to take the experiences of survivors into account when developing responses, was co-organized with UNODC, UN Women, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Equality Now.
The event also featured a presentation of the photo project The New Abolitionists(, dedicated to raising awareness about slavery and trafficking in human beings by documenting the dedication of doctors, judges, social workers, politicians, actors, and community leaders, some of whom are survivors themselves.

More at:
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.


Mahila: A Women’s Movement Rising.


The Good Shepherd International Foundation (GSSI Foundation) releases their latest documentary, ‘’Mahila: a Women’s Movement Rising,’’ today, on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
This film celebrates the power of women helping each other and to support a movement of women walking together to enforce their rights.
The film tells three stories of empowerment in India’s rural Dalit Communities. For ages, Dalit women have suffered from triple oppression- discrimination based on gender, caste and impoverished economic status.
Through education, access to credit, training in business formation and awareness of their rights as citizens, the women in the film ‘’Mahila’’ have found a rare voice and an important standing in their communities and in the wider India.
Watch the film here:
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

Human Trafficking Awareness-raising march in Tirana, to mark International Women’s Day 2018.


Hear Imelda Poole, IBVM, RENATE President, interviewed on ABC Albania today as she joined in solidarity with Civil Society groups and NGO MWL (Mary Ward Loreto) in a peaceful march in Tirana to raise awareness about the plight of women, girls, boys and men who have fallen victim to human trafficking and exploitation.
The interview is conducted in Albanian but you can access Imelda’s clip at 02.17 on the link below. Although unexpected and undeterred by heavy rainfall, the interview was a wonderful opportunity to speak out against injustice.
Please see link:
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

RENATE presents at the UCESM’s 18th General Assembly, Romania.


On 7 March last, RENATE member, Adina Balan, cj, presented on RENATE at UCESM’s 18th General Assembly, which takes place in the Carmelite Monastery, Snagov, Romania, from Monday 5 March 2018 to Saturday 10 March 2018.
This year’s Assembly theme is “Widen the space of your tent” (Is 54.2), particularly relevant to contemporary times as the Assembly delegates directly address issues of migration and integration, both in Religious communities and in society in general. 
Adina shared RENATE’s Vision and Mission with the Assembly delegates and the various activities underway in the areas of awareness-raising, education, prevention, support to survivors, life-skills training and more.
In sharing information about RENATE, Adina distributed the latest edition of the RENATE flyer and invited the delegates to sign-up for receipt of the RENATE Newsletter. It was a wonderful opportunity to invite the    delegates to join RENATE’s Mission and our network.  
All present showed interest in the areas of Human Trafficking and Exploitation. Some of the Religious Superiors present have a long history in dealing with this issue whereas for others, this was a new challenge for consideration as they plan further missions in their specific communities/congregations.
Prepared by Adina Balan, cj.  

The Way of the Cross- interlinked with the lived experiences of victims of Human Trafficking.


APT Ireland (Act to Prevent Trafficking) share with us a reflection based on the Stations of the Cross, devised by  Mary O’Malley, MMM, who raises awareness about Human Trafficking and assists victims in Nairobi, Kenya.
For each of the fourteen Stations, Mary has composed a brief reflection, based on the personal story of fourteen people, nine of whom have been trafficked for labour exploitation and the remaining five have been trafficked for sexual exploitation.
The reflections are available below, in both page-by-page or booklet format. May they inspire us in our work to bring an end to this modern-day injustice and crime against humanity.
Page by page:
As booklet:
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.