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Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons. World Day against Trafficking in Persons – 30 July.

 

Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on Trafficking in Persons." © Alessandro Scotti.
Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on Trafficking in Persons.” © Alessandro Scotti.

 
This year the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has chosen ‘Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons’ as the focus of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
The topic highlights one of the most pressing issues of our time — the large mixed migration movements of refugees and migrants. The theme puts the spotlight on the significant impact of conflict and natural disasters, as well as the resultant, multiple risks of human trafficking that many people face. It addresses the key issue concerning trafficking responses: that most people are never identified as trafficking victims and therefore cannot access most of the assistance or protection provided.
RENATE members organise events to mark the date and we look forward to sharing news of these various event in the coming weeks.
#HumanTrafficking #EndHumanTrafficking
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.
 

CCARHT Summer Symposium July 2018

 


 
Since 2007, Dr. Carrie Pemberton Ford at the Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking, has held Summer Symposia, with a view to facilitating ‘’…multi-agency, cross departmental and inter and intra university research efforts to respond to the multiple challenges of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in all its global and local realisations.’’
This year’s theme was The five ‘Ts’ of Human Trafficking: Trauma, Transport, Terror, Transparency and Technology. Jesus College in Cambridge, UK welcomed speakers from Universities of Barcelona, Oxford, Cambridge, California, Johannesburg, Lagos, London who presented papers. Additional practical input was presented by representatives from the business sectors, major freight companies, airlines and social philanthropists.
Amongst the broad brush strokes of the Symposium’s theme, attendees learned about the concept of ‘’chaining,’’ applicable to irregular migrants who due to their status, are ‘chained’ to forced labour and trafficking; the increase in efforts within the airline sector, to combat human trafficking and exploitation; information from practitioners at refugee centres on the traumatic impact of trafficking on victims; the inter-play between SDGs and combatting/preventing human trafficking and labour exploitation; how technology has facilitated Human Trafficking and how it might be harnessed in order to combat Human Trafficking.
One of the participant’s evaluation from the week, speaks eloquently about the value of the Symposium, ‘’A wonderful week of purposeful engagement with the generosity of over 30 panellists from across the globe offering expertise and insights from Venezuela, Italy, South Africa, India, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Greece….’’
While we look forward to the post-symposium report and the possibility of papers being made available, more information at :  https://www.facebook.com/326355221679/posts/10155630751991680/ …
Dr. Pemberton Ford is currently finalising the RENATE Child Trafficking Mapping research, commissioned by RENATE with a view to publishing this coming Autumn.
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.  

Save the date! Munich, 19 September, 2018- DIABLO (a play about Human Trafficking) will debut at Eine Welt Haus.

 

Spanner in the Works Theatre Company celebrates 20 years of creativity with the return of the internationally acclaimed play, DIABLO, in a new extended version.
Diablo is a play about human trafficking in Northern Ireland.  Set in Belfast, the action plays out in an ordinary house, in an ordinary street – it could be your street; it could be next door.  Be a fly on the wall as Helena from Poland, Olya from the Ukraine and locals Alannah and Cain fight for survival under the tyranny of Spaniard Reuben.
Martin Luther King Jr said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.  He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it”.
Human trafficking and labour exploitation are some of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world because there is relatively little risk with high profit potential.  Criminal organisations are increasingly attracted to human trafficking because, unlike drugs, humans can be sold repeatedly.
Contains strong language and scenes that some might find upsetting, including scenes of sexual violence. Suitable for 16+

  • Witten and Directed By Patricia Downey, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Spanner in the Works Theatre Company; multi- award winning writer and theatre director; qualified and experienced drama workshop facilitator with reputation for writing and devising plays exploring hard-hitting contemporary social issues.

Venue: Eine Welt Haus
Schwanthalerstraße 80
80336 München,
Germany.
Date: Wed 19th Sept 2018
Time: 20:00/ 8 pm
Admission: €6.
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.
 

Medaille Trust Summer Campaign- HOPE- Summer 2018.

 

RENATE members at the Medaille Trust have come up with a lovely way to speak to the positive that is a hugely important part of our work.
Despite the suffering and injustice that surrounds Human Trafficking, we are invited to  draw upon the positive and emphasise
the power of hope, which in itself carries with it the power of possibilities.
Launched on 30 May last, each week sees a different emphasis, with ‘stories of hope’ one week, ‘gifts of hope’ another week, ‘signs of hope’
and lots of ways in which the general public can get involved and share a bit of ‘hope’.
We are inspired by the following statement, which just about synopsises their philosophy: ‘’As our summer ‘Hope’ campaign continues we reflect on what a privilege it is to be able to speak words of hope and humanity to the victims of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. This is what we do day in and day out, at our 9 safe houses for men and women.’’
There is a fund-raising component to the Campaign also, for those who can text a donation to MTMT18 £3 to 70070.
More information at: www.medaille-trust.org.uk/hope   and also  https://www.facebook.com/MedailleTrust/
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

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

“Ten years of implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: impact and challenges ahead.” Marie Hélène Halligon, olcgs, RENATE Core Group member.

 

 

At Nicolas le Coz' right hand, Mrs. Martin, current French member of GRETA.
At Nicolas le Coz’ right hand, Mrs. Martin, current French member of GRETA.

 
The conference, organized during the Croatian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, took place on 22 May 2018 at the “Palais de l’Europe” in Strasbourg, France. It brought together political leaders, anti-trafficking experts, civil society activists, as well as representatives of academia and business.
The conference examined the impact of the Council of Europe Anti-Trafficking Convention on State Parties’ law, policy and practice, and in particular on improving the situation and rights of victims of trafficking. An emphasis has been placed on the human rights-based and victim-centred approach by the Convention and the positive obligations of States to prevent trafficking, protect victims, prosecute traffickers and engage in international co-operation in order to achieve the purposes of the Convention.
At the same time, this was an occasion to analyze remaining gaps in the implementation of the Convention together with new challenges and innovative ways to address them. The conference emphasized the importance of having a monitoring mechanism which measures progress and will serve as a platform for promoting the Convention beyond Europe.
With 230 people from all over Europe, it was an opportunity to meet  people we already work with as well as new ones from Ireland, Greece. We also had the opportunity to listen to survivors Maria from Spain, (right) and Fareeda (a Yazidi woman).
At the end of the conference, a few of us were honored to attend a special ceremony, when Nicolas le Coz (former President of GRETA) received a special honour and diploma for his anti-trafficking work during his years with GRETA.
 
Figure 1L. to R. Melissa Charbonnel (assistant); Petya Nestorova (Exec. Secretariate of the Convention); Snežana Samardžić-Marković (Exec. Director of Democracy, CoE); Helga Gayer, GRETA.

RENATE friend and associate, Sr. Bibiana Ovwigho (COSUDOW) shares about her work in anti-trafficking awareness-raising, prevention and support to survivors.

 

 

Sr. Bibiana (left) and her colleagues. Photo courtesy of sarah Haaij.
Sr. Bibiana (left) and her colleagues. Photo courtesy of sarah Haaij.

 
In a newspaper article published 25 May 2018 by the Dutch daily newspaper Trouw (European Newspaper Award winner 2012), Sr. Bibiana Ovwigho shares about the ongoing need for vigilance and care in anti-trafficking work in Nigeria, as girls continue to fall victim to the prospect of thinking there is a better life in Europe than at home.
With the title Benin City is empty: why the trafficking of women from Africa to Europe cannot be stopped, Sr. Bibiana talks about her work in Benin city and the shelter that is almost always full as girls receive support to break free of the cycle of trafficking and the sex trade.
The personal stories of several girls informs the newspaper article, who tell of harrowing experiences on the migratory routes from Libya and on the streets in Italy. But thanks to the shelter, the girls are quick to emphasise the value of the vocational training available as a concrete support which helps them find meaningful employment and ultimately keep them off the streets.
Following the very public commitment of the governor of Edo State last August, to actively combat human trafficking, Sr. Bibiana is hopeful that eventually young girls will have the possibilities to make a life for themselves at home in Nigeria.
Full article in Dutch, available at:       
https://www.trouw.nl/samenleving/benin-city-loopt-leeg-waarom-de-vrouwenhandel-van-afrika-naar-europa-niet-te-stoppen-is~a87ccef7/
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

Tech against Trafficking.

 

 
Image courtesy Pexels.com
 
‘’Everyone had their sleeves rolled up and quickly got into the details. It was unique to bring together these different expert perspectives from tech companies, civil society groups, and law enforcement from across the world. Those three days revealed real opportunities to make an impact and a strong willingness to collaborate to make it happen. We had to find a way to keep this going.’’ Thus said Eric Anderson, head of the Modern Slavery Programme at BT, following the establishment of a coalition of global technology companies, civil society organizations, and the UN having come together to launch “Tech Against Trafficking,” a collaborative effort to further support the eradication of forced labour and human trafficking.
Founding members BT, Microsoft, and Nokia have been advancing the dialogue sparked at a Wilton Park event in June 2017 on “The Role of Digital Technology in Tackling Modern Slavery” to formally explore how technology could be better utilized in finding solutions to stop human trafficking and modern slavery.
To read the full story by Peter Nestor, Dunstan Allison-Hope, and Hannah Darnton on BSRhttps://www.bsr.org/en/our-insights/blog-view/announcing-a-new-collaboration-using-tech-to-combat-human-trafficking
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.