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SOLWODI Romania celebrates the official opening of its new Counselling and education Centre in Bucharest.

 


 
Solwodi Romania had the privilege of celebrating some of its long partnerships on the occasion of the official opening of its new Counselling and Education Centre in Bucharest, for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. The new office – with a more generous space than the previous office – can now host individual and group counselling sessions, support groups, occupational therapy groups as well as various information and awareness raising activities. The opening ceremony took place on 21 October and began with the blessing of the house celebrated by Fr. Rossetto, followed by informal speeches and an open buffet with specialities  prepared by the Solwodi staff.
The opening of the new office was possible thanks to the help of kind and generous donors and sponsors who joined in Solwodi’s efforts to provide a higher level of support services to women and children in need.
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.
 

The Talitha Kum Strategic Plan 2015-2018 provides for the creation of courses for the qualification of Talitha Kum members in the service of leadership.

 

The Talitha Kum Strategic Plan 2015-2018 provides for the creation of courses for the qualification of Talitha Kum members in the service of leadership. 
The course will provide tools to enhance the skills that will support leaders in developing professional and relational skills, aimed at collaborating and managing activities. The course content includes leadership models, networking, programming and development, economic management, communication, fundraising. Participants will be required to present a final thesis at the end of the course.  This will serve the participant to find solutions to specific situations relevant to the network of which s/he is  part. From September, the site of the Pontificia Unversità Antonianum,  will be open the pre-registrations, which must be made online. The course will be recognized by the Antonianum Pontifical University.
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"Fashion and/as a waste" – how to give new life to clothes as well as to people – clients of Caritas, especially victims of human trafficking. Mgr Jana Urbanová, STOP Human Trafficking Prevention Campaigns Coordinator.

 

 
On the 20th August last, the STOP Human Trafficking project organised its 2nd awareness- raising event in Caritas‘ beautiful gardens at the heart of the old city of Bratislava.  
Once again the event began with an unconventional fashion show which was followed by an auction.  
Caritas´ employees and volunteers of all sizes and ages,  modeled 16 outfits which were created from clothes and accessories donated to the Caritas´ Warehouse of Solidarity.’ 
Mgr Jana Urbanova, STOP Human Trafficking Prevention Campaigns Coordinator, has compiled an interesting report on this year’s fashion show, available below.
Please click here to read the full report: “Fashion and/as a waste” – How to give new life to clothes as well as to people – clients of Caritas, especially victims of human trafficking.
 

The juju curse that binds trafficked Nigerian women into sex slavery.

 

Traditional west African ‘healers’ and Sicilian psychiatrists are struggling to help free Nigerian women forced into prostitution.
 

Figure 1 Photograph: Francesco Bellina/Censura.

 
Prophetess Odasani says she drives out the spirits afflicting women who come to her backstreet ‘church’ in Palermo.
In an article which featured in The Guardian newspaper on Sunday, 3 September 2017, we learned about the juju curse binding women and girls from Nigeria into modern slavery. They are then trafficked to Europe and the UK, where according to the authors Lorenzo Tondo and Annie Kelly,  ‘’The abuse of religious and cultural belief systems in Nigeria has proved a deadly and effective control mechanism for traffickers involved in the recruitment of women destined for the sex trade in Europe.’’
Full article below: The juju curse that binds trafficked Nigerian women into sex slavery.
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

CARITAS Slovakia and STOP Human Trafficking! attend the POHODA festival.

 


 
This year, STOP Human Trafficking again attended POHODA, the largest Slovak multi-genre festival, from the 6th to the 8th of July and counted about 30 thousands participants in attendance.
Together with other NGOs, Caritas Slovakia showcased projects which are underway around the world, as well as in Slovakia. The STOP Human Trafficking project was one of the main themes which people were impressed with.
The concept was to show two figurines – one representing a victim of human trafficking,  exploited for the purpose of forced prostitution and the other figurine dressed as a woman of Islamic belief. These two figurines symbolised the extent of the range of our charity services, regardless of client´s faith, race or appearance.
Many young people stopped by, had a talk with the representatives and showed their interest and support for the work.
Jana Urbanova, CARITAS Slovakia STOP Human Trafficking Preventions Campaign Coordinator, shared that they evaluated this experience as time of mutual inspiration and are already looking  forward to the next year´s festival!
 

The ‘’Close to you’’ YouTube video from Tennessee in the United States, may be helpful to you in any Human Trafficking awareness-raising activities.

 

The ‘’Close to you’’ YouTube video from Tennessee in the United States, may be helpful to you in any Human Trafficking awareness-raising activities. Please see below:
https://youtu.be/8h0XE_zEaaE

 
Preview YouTube video “Close to You”
“Close to You” – Tennessee is a leader in the fight against human trafficking
Prepared by Marie Helene Halligon, RENATE Core Group Member.

E-Bulletin No. 11. September 2017: Possibilities for grant-aid!

 

E-Bulletin No. 11. September 2017: Possibilities for grant-aid!
Dear friends,
Our colleagues at UNANIMA in their recent update, referred to the possibilities for NGO’s to avail of funds from the United Nation’s Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons.
The communication is as follows:
” The UN’s Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons has issued an invitation to NGOs aiding victims of human trafficking to submit a request for funding for their work. If you are working with this population and have a specific project that could benefit from a small grant, you are encouraged to submit a proposal, following the guidelines available in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic in our online file, Trust Fund for TIP. Also in the file are a template proposal and the forms to be submitted with each proposal.”
We hope that this notification is helpful and that you will find it encouraging as you plan your work.  
With every good wish,
Anne.
Communications Person,
RENATE.

E-Bulletin No. 10: August 2017.The Global Migration Compact – Migrants and Refugees section. Vienna, Austria, 4th & 5th September 2017.

 

E-Bulletin No. 10.
Dear friends,
I hope that you have been able to rest over the summer and that the final days of August are filled with fond memories of an enjoyable summer.
The Global Migration Compact takes place early next week, in Austria, Vienna and if any of you are attending, perhaps you might like to contact Sr. Gabriella Bottani, CMS, Co-ordinator of Talitha Kum.
Sr. Gabriella has reached out to invite you to meet with her, as a means of mutual support together and to possibly devise a common statement together, in solidarity at the end of the meeting.
It would also be helpful if you let me know that you are going, then we can share some of the news from this meeting with the other members. Thank you for this.
Sr. Gabriella will be in Vienna prior to the 4th of September, in the company of Sr. Carmen Elisa Bandeo, SSpS.  They are planning on meeting with Ms. Teresa Albano, a specialist on trafficking and migration, which should be a valuable connection for our work into the future.  
Given the tight timeframe, you can make direct contact with Sr. Gabriella at the following address:
Uisg.talithakum@gmail.com
 
With every good wish,
Anne.
Communications Person,
RENATE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

SECTT- the sexual exploitation of children embedded in the context of travel, tourism or both (The Global Study, p.20).

 

Now that summer-time travel is at its busiest, UNICEF in the United States of America, alert us to the findings in their Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism, conducted in 2016, specifically,  ‘’offenders include both domestic and international travellers of varying ages, races, and genders.’’
The study reminds us to be alert to the fact that children from all backgrounds and genders are especially vulnerable to sexual exploitation in the context of travel and/or tourism. Indigenous children, displaced children and children living in poverty were found to be especially at risk.  
Full Study is available at http://globalstudysectt.org/global-report/
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.
 

Laudato ‘Si ‘’Centre-stage in the life of the Catholic Church.’’

 

The Annual Conference of the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales, takes place on 21-23 July at the Hayes Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire, UK. This year’s theme is ‘’A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The Challenge of Pope Francis.’’
The keynote speaker is Fr. Peter Hughes, an Irish Columban priest who has spent five decades as a missionary in Latin America. Fr. Hughes will draw upon his witness there to highlight the symbiotic relationship between combating poverty and protecting the natural world.
The interconnectedness of all our actions, is a central and recurring theme of the Conference and one which is aligned to the Sunday Gospel of 23rd July, with the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast. In both parables,  the natural agents (seed and yeast) once set in motion,  work away on their own, quietly and oblivious to the other. But through the intervention of human agency (planting and kneading), both agents come fully into their own. Amongst the lessons we learn from the parables is that of the value of inter-dependence. The garden and kitchen settings of the parables remind us that it is in our ordinary, everyday lives, relationships and activities, that we need to be alert to the possibilities of prevention of human trafficking and the exploitation of others.
Workshops to be held during the weekend, include Care for Creation; Sustainable Agriculture; Mining; Indigenous People; Stigmatisation of the Poor; Divestment from Fossil Fuels; Archbishop Romero; Volunteering and much more. There will also be a workshop on Modern Slavery.
For further information: http://www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/conference/
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications person.