Report by Gazmir Memaj, Project Manager, Mary Ward Loreto Youth
Main objectives of the meeting:
– Finalise and adopt the strategic plan for 2016-2020.
– Discuss possible ways for evaluating the Network.
– Plan the 2016 Anti-Trafficking Conference in Africa.
– Promote networking and sharing of experiences among the participants, including the use of Baobab.
– Empower affiliates in advocating at national and international level and in existing human rights mechanisms.
– Present the topic ‘’Human trafficking in conflict situations’’ and discuss further action.
This was an international meeting of a global network against Human Trafficking, which took place in Paris from the 9th-11th of November, 2015. Fifty five people were present from thirty three countries worldwide. Members represented the following:
- Caritas Internationalis
- National Caritas (Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, India, Kenya, Kongo, Kosovo, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey)
- USCCB (United States Council of Catholic Bishops)
- Anglican Alliance
- Papa Giovanni XXIII Community (Italy and Belgium)
- CCEM (Comité Contre l’Esclavage Moderne) NGO
- Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.
- Medaille Trust, UK
- IOM (International Organization for Migration)
- Mary Ward Loreto Foundation
The first two days included inputs from panel and work in groups.
The third day covered the presentation of the group’s work; training on the use of the members’ e-platform called Baobab; the election of the Steering Group and the closing remarks.
Full text available here: Report from the Biennial Meeting of the COATNET Affiliates, France, November 2015