RENATE E- Bulletins 12 re. Palermo Protocol



RENATE E- Bulletin 12       June 2020.

20 Years After Implementing and Going Beyond the Palermo Protocol.

Webinar on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children 29-30 June 2020.

Participation at the webinar is free of charge, but registration is required.

The registration deadline is 19 June 2020.

To register, please use the following link:

  • Please be advised that the language of the Webinar will be English.

Council of Europe Best practices video


Council of Europe- Best Practices to help children recognise and report sex-abuse.

Despite COVID-19, we are hearing about increased incidences of exploitation and human trafficking of children and minors. This is mainly due to the increase in online activity as countless thousands resort to the internet, as a means of distraction during the times of lockdown and restrictions.   

An estimated one child in five is a victim of sexual abuse. In the majority of cases, the abuser is someone close to, and trusted by, the child. How can we prevent such abuse? How can we equip our children to be aware in the first instance and pre-empt their vulnerability to sexual abuse online and in person? 

In the link below, you will find a 12 minute video illustrating good practices in three member states of the Council of Europe: Iceland, Cyprus and France.

In Iceland, we see how children can be put at ease by a friendly environment which makes it easier to talk about abuse that has already taken place.

In Cyprus and France, representatives from the Council of Europe visit  schools to learn how children are taught to talk more freely on this sensitive subject.

(The Lanzarote Convention requires the criminalisation of all sexual offences against children). 

The Human Rights channel is a showcase for the Council of Europe’s extensive collection of videos & photo content on the themes of its core activities: Human Rights, Democracy and the rule of law.

Modern Slavery and the Sustainable Development Goals.


Summer Symposium 2020

Invitation to join the annual Summer School and Rev Dr Carrie  Pemberton Ford, Director,  Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking (CCARHT).

Five days of reflective practice and knowledge sharing, covering the following areas:

SDG’s, Trafficking and Climate; Education & Gender Equality; Children and Cyber; Decent Work; Partnerships.

Dates: 29 June – 3 July, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s programme will run via the Zoom online platform.

World Refugee day, 20 June 2020.


Imagine the reality of having to flee your home and belongings with little but your family and the shirt on your back, in order to escape war, persecution or terror. Imagine how desperate you would be to try to find a way out, a better life, for you and/or your family.

Imagine how opportune these situations and circumstances are for human traffickers, who ply their trade in persons, taking advantage of people at their most vulnerable. 

According to the  UN, there were 79.5 million forcibly displaced people by the end of 2019. Sadly, this number continues to increase.

To view a recording of refugees speaking about their experiences:

These and other stories can be found here. 

Further information at:

A virtual Symposium ‘’Women Religious on the frontlines.’’



Tuesday 23 June, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Keep this date in your diary as you can tune in to hear Imelda Poole, IBVM (President Religious Sisters in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation) and Sister Alicia Vacas (Provincial Superior, Comboni Sisters in Jerusalem) and Sister Stan Therese Mumuni (Superior General, Marian Sistersfor Eucharistic Love), share  about the work of women religious working against human trafficking, during this time of COVID-19.

Co-hosted by the US Ambassador to the Holy See, H.E Callista L Gingrich & H.E. Sally Axworthy, UK Ambassador to the Holy See (L to R in above photographs).

You can follow the symposium in real time via the US Embassy Facebook page

A video recording will be posted at a later date, for people who were unable to join the live event. 

World Day against Child Labour 12 June 2020.


Target 8.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals calls for an end to child labour in all its forms by 2025.

While the number of children in child labour has declined by 94 million since 2000, the rate of reduction slowed by two-thirds in recent years. Almost one in ten of all children worldwide are in child labour. Poverty is one of the main factors pushing children into such exploitation, desperately vulnerable children are trafficked for the purposes of labour exploitation, robbing them of their childhood and leaving them exposed to certain psychological and physical harm, often leading to death.

World Day Against Child Labour 2020 focuses on the impact of crisis on child labour. The COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting economic and labour market shock are having a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. Unfortunately, children are often the first to suffer. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, the World Day is conducted as a virtual campaign and  a joint ILO-UNICEF paper on the impact of COVID-19 on child labour, has been released on 12 June, looking at some of the main channels through which the pandemic is likely to affect progress towards the eradication of child labour.

To access the report:–en/index.htm?ssSourceSiteId=global

For additional information:–en/index.htm

Community House DAMARIS, Greece- an update on working during the time of COVID-19.


COVID-19 restrictions by the Government led to the closure of the office & the learning centre up to 25 May last.  During that time of restrictions, in order to continue and sustain supports, the team held lessons and maintained connections online for the past 2 months.  Therefore, the house remained operative, with 3 girls and their babies quarantined together.

The good news is that they re-opened the office and learning centre once restrictions were eased, after 25 May and they are looking forward to taking in more girls and their babies.

Already, they have advertised for a French Translator, as they anticipate the need to communicate in French in the near future. Earlier this week, one of the French-speaking girls joined the Day Programme and a second French-speaking girl will attend today, 12 June 2020.

Much wonderful work being done, despite the challenging circumstances.

GRETA / Council of Europe Newsletter- Jan- May 2020


GRETA Newsletter January- May 2020.

The Council of Europe’ work on action against Human Trafficking continues, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

GRETA (the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings) share their Newsletter January- May 2020, by way of informing us of their ongoing work.

Responding to the concerns raised by the negative impact on trafficking of the COVID-19 virus, GRETA issued a statement and discussed how to ensure that its activities continue to the best extent possible. The statement is available in the Newsletter, along with a link to the report on their General activities, published last month.

The Newsletter contains links to access GRETA Country reports arising from their visits to the Czech Republic; Montenegro, Monaco and Romania.

There is also the link to the free online course on human trafficking, developed by the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) of the Council of Europe.

The course is designed to equip judges, prosecutors, lawyers, law enforcement officials and other professionals to effectively apply the standards developed under the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings in their daily work. It is built up from a human-rights perspective and focuses on victim protection.

To access the Newsletter: