Launch of anti-human trafficking project: ASSIST, Dublin, Ireland, 12 March 2019.


Brian Killoran, CEO, Immigrant Council of Ireland & colleagues.

RENATE members who attended the Launch of the new transnational project led by the Immigrant Council of Ireland entitled ASSIST – Gender Specific Legal Assistance and Integration Support for Third Country National Female Victims of Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation, share some information and supporting documentation.

The Immigrant Council formally launched this new innovative anti-trafficking project to assist trafficked migrant women. The project focuses on the integration of trafficked women recovering from sexual exploitation. This initiative takes into account the gender dimension of trafficking in Europe and the gender specific harms and trauma associated with trafficking for sexual exploitation.

The aim of the project is to provide a number of trafficked migrant women with legal advice, information and support in accessing material assistance (social and financial). The importance of gender-specific assistance is recognised in EU law, which Ireland has adopted.

Such assistance is particularly important in cases involving sexual exploitation. It is acknowledged in such cases victims often experience a significant trauma and lack the life skills, training or experience required to quickly integrate into the job market and thus provide for them or any dependents.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland are excited at the prospect of partnering on this exciting new two year project with SOLWODI Germany, JustRight Scotland, BeFree Italy, SURT Spain and  the European Network of Migrant women.

German NGO SOLWODI visited Ireland to help launch the EU joint project to assist the integration of migrant women trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation, funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

Powerpoints presented by SOLWODI and also by JustRight Scotland at the launch are attached.

Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.


Collaboration key to successful Human Trafficking Awareness campaign in Košice, eastern Slovakia.


RENATE members at CARITAS Slovakia share news with us about the success of the Red Bus Human Trafficking Awareness-Raising Campaign held in Košice, the second largest city in eastern Slovakia. The event was organized by the British Embassy in Slovakia, together with the Ministry of Interior, the National Crime Agency, the GangMasters and Labor Abuse Authority, Caritas Slovakia and the City of Košice.

A typical ‘’London’’ double-decker bus was parked on Košice’s Main Street, where locals and visitors had a chance to see it on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, as part of an awareness-raising campaign on human trafficking.

The UK Embassy in the Slovak Republic supports educational activities in this area, as the UK is a top country of destination for Slovak victims of trafficking.

“We came to the east of Slovakia because the victims often come from this region, especially from Roma communities, who are more vulnerable to this phenomenon. The main goal is to raise awareness so that people do not become victims of human traffickers, ”said Kimberly Gillingham of the British Embassy.

The program consisted of three separate sections for different audiences. It started with a press conference for media representatives, where Kimberly Gillingham (British Embassy), Jozef Halcin (Head of Crime Prevention Department) and Jana Verdura (Caritas Slovakia, STOP Human Trafficking project) responded to journalists.

Right after the press conference, a workshop on human trafficking took place for invited experts from the city police, non-profit organizations and social workers. In addition to representatives from the Crime Prevention Department and the Slovak Catholic Charity, a presentation from the Gangmasters and Labor Abuse Authority was presented. This British agency is investigating modern labour and exploitation in the labour market.

At the same time interactive activities for high school students took place directly on the bus. On the ground floor, short films about this phenomenon were shown to young people, and discussed with colleagues from the Crime Prevention Department of Ministry of Interior and British border police officer. The second half of the students were involved in interactive sessions on the second floor with the workers of Caritas Slovakia. Then the groups exchanged. Brochures and leaflets were available for students and their teachers to remind them of what they need to know before they decide to travel abroad. After the school sessions, the bus was also open to the public.

Photo: Veronika Janušková

It has been a most successful campaign, with opportunities to inform and heighten awareness amongst people of all ages on the day.

Some links with photographs:

For more information, please contact:

Mgr. Jana Urbanová
STOP obchodovaniu s ľuďmi / STOP Human Trafficking

Koordinátor preventívnych aktivít / Prevention Campaigns Coordinator
Slovenská katolícka charita  / Caritas Slovakia
Kapitulská 18, 814 15 Bratislava
tel.: +421 2 5443 1506        mob.: +421 910 842 536

An IBVM Congregational member at the UN shares the report below on a side event at CSW63, 13 March 2019, entitled “Access to rights of Women and Girls who are Victims of Human Trafficking:Assistance, Protection, Support.


Dr. Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti Human Trafficking Coordinator presents a comprehensive overview of the actions undertaken by European States as required by various legislative instruments set out by the EU and the UN.

The report is particularly interesting in that it includes reference to jurisdictions outside Europe, such as the Phillippines and the collaborative processes with the IOM (International Organisation for Migration).  Please click here to rad the report.

RENATE Member addresses CSW63 at the UN, New York, 12 March 2019 – Social Protection Systems and Access to Public Services in the Fight against Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.


Drawing upon more than eight years of experience working as a psychologist with Albania’s most vulnerable communities, Sabjola Bregu ably communicated the necessity for government and society to place health professionals centre-stage in the areas of prevention and support when addressing the harsh realities of Human Trafficking and Exploitation.

Sabjola worked with cases with complex traumas, domestic violence, victims of trafficking, women at risk of being trafficked and exploited, children in street situations and with families from marginalized communities in Albania. She has extensive experience on advocacy and support services at the community centre “Little Angels” SHKEJ, Albania.  All the while, her work is focused on supporting Albanians girls and women whose lives are affected by, or at risk of being affected by prostitution in the UK.

Through a series of PowerPoint slides, Sabjola spoke about the centrality of healthcare professionals to the identification, treatment and rehabilitation of survivors of Human Trafficking and Exploitation. Sabjola made a powerful testimony to the value that social protect affords through a functioning and community-based healthcare system in combatting slavery.

Luke de Pulford, Director of the ARISE Foundation ( ) which sponsored Sabjola’s presence at this year’s CSW, stated ‘’ARISE exists to support frontline work and amplify their voices. It was a privilege therefore to be able to bring Sabjola and another colleague, Sr Sherly,  to the U.N. who both spoke with great clarity about the imperative of healthcare and education to prevent exploitation. The U.N. needs to hear from more voices like these – people who have their sleeves rolled up and are providing help where it is most needed. Our huge gratitude goes to Women at the Well ( for releasing Sabjola from her crucial work with Albanian women in the U.K. to attend.”

To view the video clips of the speeches:

Please find Sabjola’s address and PowerPoint slides.

Sabiola now works in the UK under the umbrella organisations of St Mary’s Twickenham College, Women at the Well and The Medaille Trust.

Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

RENATE members honoured in publication ”Women can,” launched in Albania 8 March 2019 International Women’s Day.


Congratulations to RENATE members from Albania Mrs. Ana Stakaj and Sr. Elda Nikolli Sisters of Charity of St. Jeanne Antida Thouret,  whose working lives in Albania along with that of 50 other Albanian women, with shared values and shared principles, is acknowledged and celebrated in a book published on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2019, in Albania.

Authored by Edlira Gjoni, graduate of the McCain Institute, Washington DC, and Executive Director of the Centre for Public Impact, Albania, the book honours 51 Albanian women who give service which impacts positively on the lives of others in Albania, particularly in the areas of social justice, community and human rights.

Both Ana and Sr. Elda work in the areas of Human Trafficking prevention, advocacy and awareness-raising.  They both are committed to the empowerment of women and girls and work tirelessly at grassroots level to ensure women and girls remain in education, attain life-skills which enable income and reduction of vulnerability to human trafficking and exploitation. They also work in support of women and girls in vulnerable situations, offering healthcare supports.

Ana is particularly involved in initiatives with Mary Ward Loreto in which the 6 transforming advice and service centres work in direct action with abused and trafficked people.

View interview in Albanian, with Ms. Gjoni at:

Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

WOMEN CAN – Reflections on launch of publication in Albania, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, by Ana Stakaj, RENATE member.


Two RENATE members were presented with certificates of leadership excellence from the Center for Public Impact, powered by the McCain Institute and Arizona University, for their demonstrated Character Driven Leadership.

The certificates were awarded on the International Day of Women, when Ms Edlira Gjoni launched her movement “Women Can-Vajzat për Shqipërinë” and book of the same title, promoting values and character driven leadership of women in Albania.

The author, Edlira Gjoni was a fellow at the McCain Institute on International Leadership from 2017-2018 for the Next Generation Leaders program. Her experience in the USA prompted her to initiate the movement Women Can.“Today in Albania, there is energy for a new shared leadership structure with women emerging in more visible roles and to be proud and empowered female leaders,” Gjoni said.

Gjoni captures interesting aspects of the Albanian women and their roles as character driven leaders. She has selected 51 women and leadership traits to portray 51% of the Albanian population who are female. Her book “Women can” introduces us to the Albanian female leaders who serve as role models and inspire us to continue making a difference.

The women portrayed in the book are not public figures, and in her opening remarks presenting the book, Gjoni explained that this was a purposeful decision “to give space, recognition, and gratitude to all these women who serve and make us proud and often are not recognized for their efforts.”

In the book, which brings a new perspective to portraying women in Albania, Sister Elda Nikolli represents the value of being Pro-Active and Youth-Savvy; Ana Stakaj represents the trait of Leading by Example.


RENATE members In Italy, take opportunity to share information about their work and bring influence to bear at the Council of Europe Conference of INGOs.



In response to an invitation issued in early February, to engage with Council of Europe Conference of INGOs’ delegates on a Country Visit to Italy, we are delighted to share that five RENATE members of NGOs in Italy, have indicated their willingness to participate.

If selected from amongst all other NGOs in Italy, our colleagues will have a valuable opportunity to bring the issue of human trafficking and exploitation, to the heart of the Council of Europe Conference of INGOs and to share about the work undertaken at grassroots level by RENATE.

The Country Visits are a good occasion to meet NGOs and to share common European concerns on the future of human rights, democracy and rule of law from the NGOs’ perspective, as well as other matters that concern NGOs in the specific countries.

During each visit, the Conference of INGOs focus on the different national and local mechanisms that allow NGOs to take part in the decision-making process in different areas of the public policies.

 The report of each visit is published, sent to the government for comments and discussed during the plenary meeting of the Conference of INGOs in presence of Ambassadors and invited national NGO members. The list of Civil Society representatives participating in the meetings is not transmitted to the public authorities.

During each visit, the delegation meets the representatives of different ministries at governmental level. The Permanent Representation of the respective Member State to the Council of Europe also supports the organization of the agenda.

The participation of civil society in decision-making is one of the priorities of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Committee of Ministers has recently adopted guidelines on civil society’s effective and meaningful participation in the political decision-making process.

RENATE extends gratitude to our colleagues in Italy who have so generously volunteered to participate and eagerly await the outcome of the selection process in the hopes that our RENATE member’s NGOs are selected

Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

Lessons learned from The Lighthouse, a transitional living programme for young women who are survivors of sex trafficking. PODCAST.


At The Lighthouse, a victim-centred approach is giving the power back to the trafficked victims and empowering them to say what their needs are, what their concerns are, and for them to lead survivor-driven services.

Activate the link below to hear Polly Williams, Programme Supervisor at the Lighthouse, introduce a thoughtful report and review of 11 learned lessons from this program, all of which are applicable and can be adapted to the European context.

The podcast refers to the following 11 areas: Labels; Curriculum; Trust; Mobile Phones; Staff; Life-skill development; Resident guidelines; Case management; Interviews; Applicants U18 and Reducing Length of Time Back in ‘The Life.”

Podcast available at:

There is a helpful resource via EBook, ‘’Ending Human Trafficking; 5 Things You Must Know,’’ available at:

Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

Joint statement from The Ministry for Foreign Affairs in France and from The Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Sweden.


On International Women’s Day , 8 March 2019, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced their joint decision to develop a common strategy to combat Human Trafficking for sexual exploitation in Europe and globally.

Both countries are already committed to fostering comprehensive inter-agency strategies and action plans in their own countries to tackle the challenge of human trafficking as well as to develop international cooperation in this area.

The two Governments encourage all States to join the ‘’Blue Heart’’ international awareness-raising campaign and confirm their intention to support the “Blue Heart” initiative to fight human trafficking and its impact on society.

The main focus of their common strategy will be to reduce the demand for girls and women in prostitution, in Europe and globally. Trafficking for sexual exploitation will continue as long as there is a demand for girls and women in prostitution. Therefore, focusing on reducing demand will be an important measure for combating trafficking for sexual exploitation, for combating violence against women and children and for enhanced gender equality.

Full statement here.

Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery- Publication by Mike Emberson, former CEO of the Medaille Trust.


In an exciting new venture The Medaille Trust has partnered with Redemptorist Publishing to produce a book entitled Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery: Introducing the issue and Recognising the Signs, written by Mike Emberson. (ISBN:9780852314852).

The book describes the horror of modern day slavery and human trafficking in the UK. Each year, thousands of victims are brought into the country to be exploited in brothels, on farms and in private homes. This worldwide trade is estimated to enslave millions of people and earn, the perpetrators of the crime, billions of pounds. This book details the part the UK plays in this vile trade. Illustrated by real-life case studies and informed by the authors’ many years of work in this field, the shocking details of this human rights abuse are laid bare.

It is hoped that the reader will gain many benefits from a study of the book, but especially the following:

  • Develop a greater understanding of the problem and issues surrounding Human Trafficking.
  • Know what is being done to counter Human Trafficking.
  • Know what they can do to assist in the work to combat Human Trafficking..

About the authors:

Mike Emberson has been involved in anti-trafficking work since 2003 and is the previous CEO of the Medaille Trust.

*The book is dedicated to all those victims of human trafficking and modern slavery who remain to be rescued, to Sister Ann Teresa of the Order of St Joseph of Annecy (our founder) and to the staff of the Medaille Trust.

Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.