Human Trafficking, the Basics of what Nurses need to know.


From Singapore whilst attending the ICN Congress of nurses, Kevin Hyland, OBE,  shares with us the most up-to-date resource for those working in the nursing profession, in order to guide them in their role in detecting and protecting victims of Human Trafficking.

The guide was launched at the ICN Conference in Singapore on 30 June last and with a membership of 20 million nurses worldwide, Kevin is optimistic about the possibilities for widespread, positive impact from grassroots level upwards.

Endorsed by the  International Council of Nurses, a Federation of more than 130 national nursing associations, the pamphlet is a joint publication of the International Council of Nurses supported by the HR Directorate HSE (Irish Health Services Executive) and the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RCSI, Ireland.

The resource is in the form of a fold-out pamphlet which firstly outlines the types of Human Trafficking, listing sex trafficking, labour trafficking, organ harvesting and removal. It also lists associated criminal activities such as cannabis cultivation, street crime, street begging, benefit fraud and forced marriages to name but a few.

It highlights some general indicators to look out for in the case of suspected human trafficking and what actions to undertake if a nurse thinks they have identified a person who has been trafficked.


Webinar in US 20 July on the displacement of people/forced migration and its contribution to Human Trafficking (from Margaret Gonzi).


RENATE member Margaret Gonzi, OLCGS, sends us news of an hour-long webinar to consider the issues which contribute to the displacement of people and are at the root cause of forced migration and rendering people more vulnerable to human trafficking and exploitation.

The webinar takes place on Saturday 20 July at 14.30 EST (18:30 GMT Europe).

Sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Justice for Immigrants, the webinar is a platform to share learnings and insights as we explore the reality causing so many to undertake the dangerous journey north – in particular, the conditions in the northern triangle country of Honduras- and then endure the horrendous conditions at the detention centres at the US border.

In March 2019, a delegation of faith leaders, including Ann Scholz, SSND, Leadership Conference of Women Religious; Maria Orlandini, OSF, Franciscan Action Network; Jean Stokan, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas; and Lawrence Couch, Director, Sisters of the Good Shepherd National Advocacy Centre, travelled to Honduras to learn more about the root causes driving migration of people from the region.

To join the July 10 webinar at 2:30 EDT, simply:

  • Sign in at ly/CADelegationTrip to see the video component of the call.
  • Call 917-338-1451 and enter the PIN: 619 595 to hear the audio.

Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.


New task force at Europol to target the most dangerous criminal groups involved in human trafficking and migrant smuggling.


Hopes are high for a positive and critical impact to prevent human trafficking, following the launch of a Joint Liaison Task Force Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings (JLT-MS) launched at Europol on 2nd July 2019.

The new task force, coordinated by Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC), will focus on intelligence-led coordinated action against criminal networks involved in migrant smuggling and trafficking of human beings. Liaison officers from all EU Member States and potentially operational cooperation partners will work even closer together to identify networks, prioritise, prepare and execute cross-border operations.. This new operational platform will allow liaison officers from all EU Member States to step up the fight against constantly adapting criminal networks.

Additionally, the new operational platform offers an opportunity to target the proceeds of crime ,in particular money laundering and asset recovery.

Optimistic in responding to the news of the launch of this new task force, Imelda Poole, President RENATE Europe said ‘’This is excellent news. At last, cross border work is being taken really seriously to combat the crime of Human Trafficking and to confront the criminal gangs with even more intelligence than they can muster. It gives hope to us who work at grassroots.’’

Full Press release at:

NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons- CSTIP.


The Mary Ward Loreto Generalate share with us a flier containing useful Advocacy Points.
CSTIP is an NGO based in the UN, comprising membership of faith-based organisations worldwide, committed to the prevention and eradication of Human Trafficking and Exploitation, through advocacy and education.
It works collaboratively with its member organisations and other stakeholders, taking action on local and national levels. CSTIP members are a powerful voice against Human Trafficking, initiating actions to address problems; facilitating access to UN processes and agencies and collaboration with anti-human trafficking campaigns; advocating for stronger mechanisms to monitor international commitments on prevention, protection and prosecution; supporting efforts that provide services to victims of human trafficking.
Members of the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons participate in working groups.
These groups educate themselves and others on human trafficking and advocate for human trafficking to be addressed in processes and documents, such as resolutions, protocols, and treaties. NGO CSTIP members are engaged in the following working groups; Sexual Exploitation Working Group; Corporate and Social Responsibility Working Group and the Forced Labour Working Group.
More information on the CSTIP at:

Advocacy Points, July 2019
High-Level, Political Forum

Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

“Healthy family – healthy children! Multidisciplinary support for children of former victims of trafficking and victims of domestic violence.’’


Co-responsibility and collaboration at its best as our colleagues at the “Vatra” Psycho-Social Centre share about their ongoing information and training programmes, as they work to strengthen the capacities of those in the Vlora Municipality, Albania, who are responsible for child protection. Specific to the training held on 21 June last, were the following: identification, referral, management and protection of cases of abused, violated, exploited and trafficked children.

In attendance were cross-sectorial Technical Group members as well as psychologists and social workers from different schools attended the training on the topic “Identification, referral and protection of children, victims/potential victims of trafficking in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures for Protection of Victims/Potential victims of trafficking; the responsibilities of each actor according to this decision.”

The purpose of these trainings, was to strengthen the capacities of all actors responsible for child protection, in terms of identification, referral, management and protection of cases of abused, violated, exploited and trafficked children.

Acknowledgement: This activity was developed in the framework of sub-granting scheme of the project “Strengthening Civil Society to Prevent and Protect Children from Abuse and Violence in Albania” funded by the European Union, and implemented by Terre des hommes in Albania in partnership with the Albanian National Training and Technical Assistance Resource Centre ANTTARC.

 Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

UN Women’s flagship report, “Progress of the world’s women 2019–2020: Families in a changing world.”


This report assesses the reality of families today in the context of sweeping economic, demographic, political, and social transformation. The report features global, regional, and national data. It also analyses key issues such as family laws, employment, unpaid care work, violence against women, and families and migration.

This landmark report proposes a comprehensive family-friendly policy agenda to advance gender equality in diverse families. A package of policies to deliver this agenda is affordable for most countries, according to a costing analysis included in the report. When families are places of equality and justice, economies and societies thrive and unlock the full potential of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report shows that achieving the SDGs depends on promoting gender equality within families.

Full report at:

RENATE-France – Country report of inaugural meeting. Marie Hélène Halligon, olcgs.


The RENATE-France group exists since the end of the very first RENATE General Assembly! We were two of us from France: Sr Solange Rault and me, and we didn’t want to stop working together against Trafficking when back in France.

So, we began to find other sisters who were working against Trafficking in Paris and around the country, with a view to creating a network together. But knowing what Religious life is like – moving from place to place, country to country for the purpose of serving vulnerable people – the composition has changed a lot in 10 years!

A few of us from 2011 to 2019

With Sr Imelda’s permission, we called our group: “RENATE-France”, and are looking forward to becoming an official Association.

At the moment, we number 12 women Religious from different countries and congregations, establishing little by little a national network, linking with Associations, G & NGOs, and working together and with them to eradicate Trafficking in Human Beings by all means we can, sharing information, prayers, articles… see our page:

We meet every two months, sharing and trying to find ways to raising awareness (public, youth, Religious women…) or lobbying the government. May the Shepherd Lord help us all so that Trafficking and Exploitation may be eradicated in 2030…






Trafficking In Person’s (TIP)  Hero 2019- Gabriella Bottani, cms, co-ordinator Talitha Kum.


We continue to rejoice in the selection of our colleague Gabriella Bottani as one of this year’s TIP heroes. The selection not only helps bring a spotlight on the issue of human trafficking, it also acknowledges the collaborative work of women Religious worldwide, working to prevent human trafficking; educate and raise awareness about the risks and impact of human trafficking; campaign against the crime of human trafficking and create vocational training opportunities to enable the vulnerable.

TIP Heroes are recognized for their tireless efforts—despite resistance, opposition, and even threats to their lives—to protect victims, punish offenders, and raise awareness of ongoing criminal practices in their countries and abroad.

On behalf of the US Embassy to the Holy See, Ambassador Callista Gingrich has issued a statement about the work of Gabriella and Talitha Kum, which is available at:

Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications

For our Welfare and not for our Harm (Jeremiah 29) – Report by Dr. Anna Rowlands.


Giving voice to the voiceless in a report launched online 27 June 2019, leading Catholic Theologian, Dr. Anna Rowlands, writing about the experiences – including faith experience- of people living in asylum destitution and the experiences of the refugee support community at the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) UK.

The report analyses barriers to justice and dignity faced in the UK by destitute and detained asylum seekers. The report draws upon interviews with JRS staff and volunteers and especially asylum seekers at the Jesuit Refugee Services UK who have struggled to gain asylum as refugees, many of whom have experienced detention.

The report finds that asylum seekers in destitution and detention feel dehumanised by the asylum system but find strength through community membership, faith and volunteering.

For our Welfare and not for our harm: a faith-based report on the experience of the refugee and refugee support community at JRS UK 2017-2019 is available at:

Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

Summer time provides an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate MWL anti-human trafficking mission- past, present and future!


While the work to prevent and combat human trafficking is very demanding and has many guises, it is important to take opportunities to acknowledge and celebrate all that has been gained as a result.

RENATE members at Albania Hope share news of such opportunities in Tropoje, where they attended four meetings related to the mission past, present and future.

The following areas were covered:

  1. The development of an advisory team in the region;
  2. The women’s group developments in many villages;
  3. The future summer camp in Bajram Curri;
  4. Listening to the issues and successes of the women’s group in Raja;
  5. A visit with a local family.
  6. A visit to the MWL craft kiosk up in the valley of Valbona, which is now very successful and fast becoming a source of identity, pride and income for the women who share their artistic gifts and talents in providing the variety of crafts for sale there. Through the kiosk, it is hoped that girls will have sustained employment in their own locality, rendering them less vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation

It is hoped that this news item might give new ideas to other RENATE members and to open up the possibilities for sharing best practice, as well as the importance of acknowledgement and celebration!

Prepared by Anne Kelleher