Concerns about Human Trafficking are amongst the questions posed by young people who met Pope Francis ahead of his Synod with Bishops, March 2018.


In preparation for his Synod meeting with Bishops this week, Pope Francis met with an international  group of young people on 19 March, to discern their concerns and offer his wisdom and direction as they grow in faith.
Amongst the questions posed, were the following:

  • How can young people help victims of Human Trafficking?
  • Where should a young person look for guidance in making life choices?
  • How can we teach young people to be open to their neighbour and to the transcendent?
  • How can we respond to the complexities of present-day culture, with things such as tattoos?
  • How can young women Religious balance the dominant culture in society and the spiritual life in accomplishing their mission?

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Adapted from Independent Catholic News, by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.   

UNICEF Report February 2018- Children on the Move: Facts and Figures.


Recently published, (February 2018), this report provides up-to-date data on Children on the Move, beginning with 10 key facts, such as:

  • As of 2016, I in 80 children were forcibly displaced.
  • In the decade between 2005 and 2015, the number of child refugees worldwide more than doubled from 4 million to 9 million.
  • In 2014, 28% of all detected trafficked victims were children (20% girls and 8% boys).
  • Worldwide, almost 1 in 10 children live in countries and areas affected by armed conflict and more than 400 million children live in extreme poverty.
  • Over 100 countries are known to detain children in immigration detention.
  • An adolescent, secondary educated boy in sub-Saharan Africa travelling in a group along the Central Mediterranean route, faces a 73% risk of being exploited – by comparison with a boy of similar age and education profile from another region drops to 38%.

RENATE subscribes to the core principles underpinning UNICEF’s Agenda for Children on the Move:

  1. Protect uprooted children from exploitation and violence.
  2. Keep families together and give children legal status.
  3. End the detention of refugee and migrant children by creating practical alternatives.
  4. Help uprooted children stay in school and stay healthy.

5 Press for action on the causes that uproot children from their homes.

  1. Combat xenophobia and discrimination.

Full report at:
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.    

Commission on the Status of Women – CSW62- New York.


Congratulations to RENATE member Lynda Dearlove rsm MBE (GB Institute) and Angela Reed rsm, members of a multi-disciplinary panel of speakers at a side event Preventing Human Trafficking among Rural Women and Girls: Integrating Inherent Dignity into a Human Rights Model.
The speakers addressed key aspects relating to the trafficking of rural women, human rights, human agency and also the denial of human dignity.
The discussions included personal experience of human trafficking survival, by Ms. Mely Lenario; Rights-based advocacy; Optimal Life-Course Conditions as one model of prevention; Rural Slavery Supply Chains; The work of women Religious in preventing trafficking among rural women and supporting survivors; sharing best practice.    
The side event was televised on UN Web TV on 13 March last and is available at:
The event was jointly sponsored by Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, Mercy International Association Mercy Global Action, Society of the Sacred Heart, The Arise Foundation, Women@TheWell, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, UNANIMA and the National Board of Catholic Women (UK).

Global Sisters Report (GSR) publish interview with RENATE member, Begoña Iñarra, msola, seeking anti-human trafficking cooperation between Europe and Africa.



‘’After three years in Congo, she decided to stay and joined the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa, also known as the White Sisters. “I wanted to stay on and share what I had received,” says Begoña Iñarra, who joined the MSOLA having previously graduated with a degree in chemistry.
With life experiences gleaned from living in community in the Congo, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mozambique, Kenya, Canada and latterly in Europe, Begoña is well placed to share the benefits of her experiences as she urges greater cooperation between Europe and Africa of the scourge of Hunan Trafficking is to be conquered.
Full article from Global Sisters Reportña-iñarra-seeking-anti-trafficking-cooperation-between-africa?utm_source=GSR%20digest%203-20-18&utm_campaign=cc&utm_medium=email
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.