RENATE members avail of training in Project Design and Project Management.


In the evolving work to combat and bring an end to Human Trafficking and Exploitation, RENATE members make every efforts to avail of upskilling and training sessions which enhance existing skills and competencies.

To this end, RENATE members at SOLWODI Romania share photos from a recent course on Project Design and Project Management, organized by the ERSTE Academy Foundation. It was a valuable opportunity to learn new work strategies and establish common activities. We are grateful.

Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

Anti-human trafficking initiatives under way amongst the RENATE network.


Critical components of anti-human trafficking work are activities centring on awareness-raising and capacity building.  In Albania, Mary Ward Loreto On May 5th, 2019, MWLW Organized a Social Activity with the Girls from Shendelli, Albania.

After an intensive school year and a successfully completed English course organized by MWL, the group of girls in Shendelli participated in a social activity. The girls got a chance to visit the city of Permet. It was their first visit to “the town of roses” as the locals call it. The city is rich with cultural heritage and monuments to its history.

New challenges await these wonderful girls, some of whom are preparing to take their school examinations. As a result of their time together acquiring new skillsets and strengthened in their bonds together, they go out into the world confident, better informed and committed to supporting each other into the future.

RENATE 6 MONTH REPORT Nov. 2018 – April 2019



A word from our President:

The last six months have resulted in much change in the working strategies of RENATE. Self-managing groups focusing on various aspects of the work against human trafficking are now in place and these include: RENATE Advocacy, Awareness Raising, Capacity Building and RENATE Assembly 2021.
RENATE Country Groups are also beginning to meet on a regular basis, supporting each other in collaboration with the European network. Data collection has been one of the main issues to measure the extent of the work and the depth of the crime as witnessed by the members. This report has a new look which reflects this focus. It is an important shift in the strategy for combatting Human Trafficking.

The Research on Child Trafficking now published and launched in the House of Commons in the UK, in January 2019, is another illustration of the focus on research and the details needed to highlight the extent and the manner of the crime across the continent.

These are small gestures for combatting what we know is an ever-growing and super intelligent trade of people by ever growing  numbers involved in world-wide criminal gangs. These criminal gangs are super achieving their goals, more than the most highly intelligent law enforcement agencies across the world who strive to bring the perpetrators to the courts for conviction. What is going wrong? Why is law enforcement failing to achieve their goals?

“We hope to speak out more vocally over the upcoming five years as RENATE moves out from its strong base to work more tirelessly to combat human trafficking by 2030…”

Please click here to read the full report.

STOP Trafficking Newsletter June 2019.


The June issue of the STOP Trafficking Newsletter places the spotlight on the story of Survivors, in order that we may learn. The issue highlights issues affecting trafficked persons and what they see as helpful in their journey towards healing.

The stories range from experiences at the hands of traffickers to abuse perpetrated by family members who sold their relatives for the purposes of sexual exploitation. And while none of the stories are easy to read, each one offers insights into how best to work with and support survivors of Human Trafficking. Each story gives cause for hope.

The following are the component aspects of the Newsletter:

A victim remembers; A victim finds help; A victim struggles to overcome;

The role of Professionals in addressing the needs of Women Suffering Oppression.

Survivors contribute to Programme effectiveness; An outline of the Complex Experience care Model (CECM); Trafficked survivors identify what was helpful in their transitions;

Trafficked survivors identify what more they needed in their transitions; A series of book reviews and information websites.

Download the Newsletter at:

Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.


The first global index measuring efforts to end gender inequality finds countries are not doing enough to improve women’s lives.


The inaugural SDG Gender Index, developed by the Equal Measures 2030partnership, found that 2.8 billion women and girls currently live in countries that are not doing enough to improve women’s lives.

The index, launched at the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, will be updated in 2021 and at regular intervals until the 2030 SDG deadline. Data is drawn from UN agencies, the World Bank, NGOs, thinktanks and from the consultancy firm Gallup.

Europe and North American countries topped the index, while the bottom was dominated by African states. With just 11 years to go until 2030, nearly 40% of the world’s girls and women – 1.4 billion – live in countries failing on gender equality.

Of particular concern for those involved in compiling the index was that more than half of countries scored poorly on efforts to achieve SDG 5, the much lobbied-for standalone goal to end gender inequality and empower women. The goal contains specific targets to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, end female genital mutilation and child marriage, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, and uphold women’s reproductive rights.

Equal Measures 2030 is a partnership of civil society and the private sector, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, KPMG, Femnet, Plan International and Women Deliver. It was set up in 2016 to provide women’s rights advocates with the data they need to hold governments to account for their SDG commitments.

Download the full report at :

Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

Forced Marriage: Community Voices, Stories and Strategies.


In its International Annual Report, 2017 – 2018, the Australian Red Cross International present an overview of the issue of Forced Marriage, the contributing factors to this continuing phenomenon and the strategies young women use to avoid forced marriages. The findings are equally applicable to Europe and elsewhere.

The report finds that pressure on families is a driver of forced  marriages, a factor directly applicable across the Roma culture in Europe. Additional applicable factors include (1) inter-generational conflict which plays a significant role in causing relationship breakdown and (2)lack of communication about expectations before marriage.

Drawing on information, opinions and advice, key messages and recommendations emerging from community learnings are as follows:

  1. Educate and empower young people, parents and religious leaders.
  2. Nurture collaboration between community and service provision sector to strengthen identification and responses .
  3. Engage the whole family so as to increase opportunities to keep families together.

Across many communities, there are members are applying appropriate and effective strategies to negotiate good outcomes and find solutions to this issue. When explored, understood and strengthened, these community-led strategies and approaches have the potential to support and strengthen broader government and sector initiatives and create a space for s stronger and more inclusive response.

Full report available at

Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

Collaboration is key to working to combat Human Trafficking and Exploitation.


This past week has seen the official opening of the Mary ward Loreto Advice and Service Centre in Tirana, Albania, launched by Garry Smith, CEO of the Medaille Trust in the UK.

This is the latest partnership project between Medaille and the MWL Foundation in Albania. The centre gives advice and support to those who are the most vulnerable and at risk of being trafficked in the Albanian capital.

Medaille and Mary Ward Loreto have been working in partnership since 2013, as the Medaille Trust realised the need to support those who are victims of modern slavery in Albania and help to prevent trafficking from countries of origin. Albania is the UK’s biggest source-country of adult victims of modern slavery – in 2018 730 of the 3,856 adult victims referred to the National Referral Mechanism were Albanians (18.9%).

Since 2014, Mary Ward Loreto have provided counselling via SKYPE to Albanian victims in Medaille safe houses in the UK.

The Medaille Trust and MWL, however, are not resting on their laurels. They spent some time together discussing the latest trends and how to continue to work in partnership to support the many efforts being made to prevent people being trafficked from Albania into the U.K.

Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.


Prostitution: Neither Sex Nor Work ! Video of the 3rd World Congress against the sexual exploitation of women and girls.


At the invitation of its German member Solwodi, CAP (Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution)  International hosted its 3rd World Congress in Germany (2-5 April, 2019), a country currently known as “the brothel of Europe”. During the event, German and international abolitionist organisations launched the “Mainzer Erklärung”, an open letter asking German legislators to abolish the prostitution system in Germany and to adopt the Equality Model.

Watch the video of excerpts from the Congress:

 Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

Medaille Trust shares about the value of Art-Therapy as trafficking survivors recover and heal.


Featured are some examples of art-work created by women participating in art-therapy sessions with a voluntary Art-Therapist student at one of the Medaille Trust Safe Houses in the UK, for whom the Trust is appreciative.

Through the art-therapy sessions, the Trust’s clients have been able to express and explore their experiences. The Trust share that the women have used the sessions to not only depict their journeys but also their hopes for the future.

In the picture depicting the candle with the red cross, the client describes the pillar and the red cross as symbolizing her pain and imprisonment during her trafficking. the flame is the light of the police and ambulance when they rescued her, burning away those who had hurt her. The yellow background with the red and green vines symbolise her current state, where she feels safe, happy and free to flourish.

RENATE are grateful to the Medaille Trust for sharing this insight and hope that other members of RENATE might share examples of their respective art-therapy programmes, with a view to showcasing some of the works on the RENATE website, with the permission of the artists.

Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.




Continuing support to RENATE Country members in Albania.


Following from the first RENATE Country group meeting in Albania in early April, a particular outcome was the suggestion of the possibilities of training for members in the area of Public Relations and specifically in connection with devising reports and other instruments.

In this regard our colleagues at the Arise Foundation- already known to many of us because of their ongoing generous support to Religious working to combat Human Trafficking- will offer training on the topic “Reporting and Effective Communication of NGOs,” supported by Renata.

The training takes place at the Sarajevo Hotel, Kosovo, on 27 June next and runs from 09:00 a.m. to 16:00. Jess Templeman, Head of Programmes and Training at the ARISE Foundation, will facilitate the day.

Training will be conducted in English. For members who have difficulties in this language, simultaneous translation will be provided.

For more on the ARISE Foundation: