Alec Bvumburah – – joint awareness-raising action in Malta


Report from RENATE member Alec Bvumburah, of the Cross Culture Foundation, Malta, on the launch of a research report on the occasion of the European Day against Human Trafficking, 18 October 2020.

Today the 18th of October 2020 is EU Anti human Trafficking Day, aims to raise public awareness of the global problem of human trafficking, as well as to emphasize the right of all human trafficking victims to justice and compensation.

Today sees the launch of a collaborative research report which is intended to assist youth workers in identifying victims of human trafficking and exploitation.

#YUWOK2ENDHT partners have finalized the research focused on methods of advancing and exploitation and the different practices for emergence and identification and support for victims in Malta, Italy, North Macedonia & Romania. This will help to support youth workers to prevent human trafficking among #youths with valid tools to address the need area, spread awareness and best practices.

Report available at:…/1vCA6xHlqGonHffVfQwc…/view

#humantraffickingprevention #humantraffickingawareness #erasmusplusproject #youwok2endhumantrafficking #yuwok2end



Отворена Порта – Open Gate: La Strada Macedonia


Reaching Out Romania

Some Events from the RENATE network for 18 October 2020


Missing Persons’ Families Support Centre in Vilnius, participates in a multi-city event performance, to mark the 18 October, European Day against Human Trafficking.

Augusta Kierienė & Natalja Kurčinskaja.

Taking place simultaneously in five biggest cities of Lithuania, we presented the issue of human trafficking, by means of drama and street theatre thus touching on different topics and reaching more than 300 participants, over 30 institutions and organizations and departments.

Our Centre ‘’The Missing Persons’ Families Support Centre- represented Vilnius city – capital of Lithuania. Our theme was “Youth exploitation, sexual offenses and pornography on the Internet”. During the event we tried to attract as many young people as possible, using interactive questionnaire-quiz testing young people’s knowledge about cybersecurity.

We had a stand to reflect the problems of the topic where everyone could stick a sticker if they had encountered this phenomenon.

We are very happy that we also had a tent where a specialist counselled the victims.

A very important detail of the event was the performance. We have shown that not everything is real in cyberspace.

The following are the agencies with whom we cooperated in order to prepare and participate in the event:

Ministry of Internal Affairs,

Lithuanian police,
National Anti-Trafficking Association,
Vilnius city municipality,

Vilnius district municipality,
Caritas Lithuania,

Vilnius Archdiocese Community.

In the cities below,  the following topics were covered as by our colleagues:

Kaunas  – The topic of “Slavery labour”

Klaipėda – The topic of “The last girl first” (against prostitution)

Panevėžys – The topic of “Against trafficking in human beings, including in the commission of crimes”

Tauragė – The topic of “Sexual exploitation and involvement of minors in criminal activities.”

In conclusion, while it was a lot of hard work, during extremely pandemic difficult times, we are happy with the success of the events overall. Not only did we reach so many hundreds of people directly, we are confident that more people will be discussing the events for a long time to come.

The work gone into the events helped us to further forge our links with the above agencies, with whom we try to work collaboratively in the common mission to prevent human trafficking, exploitation and the disappearance of our citizens.

To view a video about that day performance:

International webinars series- featuring Imelda Poole on 27 October 2020


International webinars on Human Trafficking in light of ‘’Laudato ‘Si’’ and ‘’Fratelli Tutti’’ Encyclicals.

Tuesday 20, October 2020, 18:00-19:30 (CET)- ‘’Religious working in International Advocacy against Human Trafficking’’.

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Professor Michel Veuthey, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to monitor and combat human trafficking.

Sr. Mirjam Beike, OLCGS, Congregation of the Good Shepherd Sisters’ NGO representative at the UN in Geneva. Mirjam is a RENATE member and has worked for 30 years with survivors of human trafficking in Germany and Albania.

Sr. Imelda Poole, OBE, IBVM, President of RENATE– Religious in Europe Networking against Trafficking and Exploitation. RENATE is a European network of Religious and Lay co-workers working in all fields against human trafficking in 31 European countries.

Sr. Winifred Doherty, OLCGS, NGO representative at the UN in New York, for the Congregation of the Good Shepherd Sisters. Winifred spent 16 years in Ethiopia, empowering girls and women through education-providing alternatives to prostitution and lessening vulnerability to being trafficked.    

Mr. Luke de Pulford, Director and co-founder of the ARISE Foundation, preventing slavery in source communities by developing and supporting frontline groups and networks. Much of Luke’s professional life has focussed on the UK Parliament, where he is well known for his work in the defence of the dignity of the human person.   

Patricia Mulhall’s sharing about Bakhita House, London


RENATE Core Group member Patricia Mulhall, CSB, teaching computer skills at Caritas Bakhita House, London, UK- Oct. 2020.

What can I do?

The importance of sharing one’s gifts and talents can make the world of difference to the lives of those who have been victimised by traffickers.

RENATE Core Group member, Patricia Mulhall, CSB, shares with us some correspondence acknowledging the assistance provided to Human Trafficking survivors at Caritas Bakhita House, London, UK, where Patricia volunteers to teach computer skills.

‘’I write to thank you for the recent donation of Office windows packages and a stand-alone computer to the guests at Caritas Bakhita House.

We support the women here to move forward in a safe way to find an independence without control and exploitation. Many of the routes to that life involve technology. They want to attend counselling, schooling, make contact with family members, meet new groups of friends, the list is endless but the common factor is they all need to be able to access technology to do any of this, especially now with COVID-19.

Some things in life can be taken for granted like the internet and lap tops but actually they are crucial to many peoples continuing wellbeing.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping provide the technology that our guests need in their continued fight for better lives! It means so much to them.

Best Wishes Guests and Staff at Caritas Bakhita House.’’

Mission not Community is at the heart of our Charism


‘Mission not Community is at the heart of  our Charism.’ Imelda Poole, IBVM, President RENATE Europe.

In the first in a series that explores the extraordinary richness and diversity of ways in which women live out their vocation as members of religious institutes and communities, Sr Imelda Poole reflects on her work combatting human trafficking of women, men, girls and boys- Interview Blanche Girouard, The Tablet, 3 September 2020.

I was the tenth of 12 children in a very loving, caring and close Catholic family. My parents were models for caring for others: they counselled, in our front room, young couples who were having marital difficulties; my father took us to sing carols in the maternity hospital at Christmas; and we’d go out snow sweeping to raise money to donate on Good Shepherd Sunday.

I fell in love with God when I was studying for my A levels at the Loreto Convent in Nottingham. I was praying each day using a little book of meditations on God’s love and I suddenly experienced a love that was more intense than any other loving I had experienced before: even though I had had a boyfriend since the previous year. It was a really extraordinary experience: I felt it deep, deep, deep in my gut, drawing me in, and it stayed and got bigger and more passionate and wider so that after a school day I just wanted to drop into church and pray!

Full article at:

Intro to Contre la Traite des Etres Humains Newsletter


There is a universal message in this month’s issue of Contre la Traite des Etres HUmains – ENCOURAGE FRENCH SOCIETY TO MOBILIZE AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS FOR THE PURPOSE OF LABOR EXPloitation.

currently recognised as an invisible and poorly recognised phenomenon in France, the content of the newsletter covers various preemptive steps towards addressing the phenomenon, such as:

1. Promoting the detection of expxloitative situations;

2. Train judicial personnel;

3. raising public awareness.

Together with excerpts from recent trials in France and information on the committee against Modern Slavery (CCEM), the newsletter is packed with information.

Access the Newsletter at:

World day of Creation Pope Francis’s message.


Pope’s message for the World day of Prayer for the Season of Creation, 1 September 2020.

                                                                                                       Photo: Egor Kamelev.

RENATE welcomes Pope Francis’ call for just and sustainable societies, able to take care of one another and the environment. His message is of particular relevance at this time, when we are seeing the extended reach of human traffickers and exploiters by means of the Internet and social media, capturing an increasingly younger audience, housebound during the time of COVID-19.

In his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Season of Creation, Pope Francis urges all of us to make sure the world’s poorest people are not forgotten as countries begin to rebuild, despite the ongoing presence of COVID-19.

Below is an excerpt from Pope Francis’ opening statement, followed by a link to the entire text.

Source: Vatican News

‘You will declare the fiftieth year holy and you will proclaim the liberation in the earth for all its inhabitants. It will be a jubilee for you’ (Lv 25,10)

Dear brothers and sisters,

Every year, particularly since the publication of the Encyclical Letter Laudato si ‘ ( LS , 24 May 2015), the first day of September marks the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation for the Christian family, with which the Time of Creation begins, which ends on 4 October, in memory of St Francis of Assisi. In this period, Christians throughout the world renew their faith in God the Creator and unite in a special way in prayer and action for the safeguard of the common home.

I am pleased that the theme chosen by the ecumenical family for the celebration of the Time of Creation 2020 is “Jubilee for the Earth”, precisely in the year in which the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day occurs.

In Sacred Scripture, the Jubilee is a sacred time to remember, return, rest, repair and rejoice.

1. A time to remember

We are invited to remember above all that the ultimate destiny of creation is to enter into God’s eternal Sabbath. It is a journey that takes place in time, embracing the rhythm of the seven days of the week, the cycle of seven years and the great Jubilee Year that comes to the end of seven sabbatical years.

The Jubilee is also a time of grace to commemorate the original vocation of creation to be and prosper as a community of love. We exist only through relationships: with God the creator, with brothers and sisters as members of a common family, and with all creatures who inhabit our own home. “Everything is related, and all of us human beings are united as brothers and sisters in a wonderful pilgrimage, linked by the love that God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us among us, with tender affection, to our brother sun, to sister moon, to brother river and to mother earth “( LS , 92).

The Jubilee, therefore, is a time for remembrance, where to keep the memory of our inter-relational existence. We constantly need to remember that “everything is related, and that the authentic care of our own life and of our relations with nature is inseparable from fraternity, justice and fidelity to others” ( LS , 70).

Full text at:

Mission not Community is at the heart of our Charism-


                                                                  September 2020.

Across the world, education is the key to the prevention of children becoming victims of human trafficking.

While this month’s issue of STOP Trafficking focuses on human trafficking education in schools in the United States, there are findings that can apply to other jurisdictions.

Covering how the State of Florida introduced mandatory education on Child Trafficking Prevention, for students from Kindergarten to 12the grade, through to consideration of themes such as  ‘’Children at risk,’’ ‘’Social Media,’’  the Newsletter covers a variety of aspects of Human Trafficking that are essential considerations for all involved in the wider education and community fields.

Click here to download the SEPTEMBER 2020 newsletter.

Season of Creation 2020 – events & resources.


The Season of Creation is nearly here!

The concept of climate migrants and the nexus between climate change and human trafficking continues to gain traction as increasingly, millions of people displaced due to climate change, fall victim to human trafficking and exploitation as they strive for their very existence.

Together next week, people on six continents will mark the Season of Creation with two transformational events:- A Season of Creation Webinar + a Global prayer Service.

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation-1 September.

To start the Season of Creation, join thousands of Christians as we prayerfully discern how God is calling us to re-examine our relationship with creation. Inspirational youth from around the globe will lead us in this ecumenical prayer service.

What: Online Prayer Service

When: Tuesday 1 September, World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Time: 10:00 New York / 16:00 Rome / 22:00 Manila / 00:00 Sydney (2 September)

Register to attend or to receive the recording of the global prayer service.

Join the prayer service

What: Season of Creation Webinar: A Just Transition for Asia Pacific and Oceania

When: Wednesday 2 September

Time: 9:00 Rome / 12:30 Mumbai / 15:00 Manila / 17:00 Sydney

This webinar will be held in English and simultaneously translated to Spanish, Italian, French, and Polish.

Register to attend or to receive the recording of the webinar.

Join the webinar

click here to register for the global prayer service, and click here to attend the Season of Creation webinar.

During the Season of Creation, you are encouraged to use this guide from the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. The guide features daily reflections that will help you more deeply experience the season. Click here to download the free guide.

Launch of online training Framework: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking- St. Mary’s Twickenham, UK


Launch of online Training Framework: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

The Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery, St. Mary’s Twickenham, UK, invites attendance at the launch of a training framework for the identification, care and support of victims and survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking.

The exploitation of people through slavery and human trafficking is present in every facet of our work and personal lives. The training framework has been developed to establish clear standards for learning and development on modern slavery.

The framework aims to raise knowledge and skills across a wide range of practitioners and organisations. We will share the framework in this session and explore how it can be used.

This online event will be held at 11am-12:30pm on Tuesday 22nd September.

To find out further information about the event and details of how to confirm your attendance, please clink on this link :