Pope Calls for Anti Human Trafficking meeting at Vatican


Pope Francis Human TraffickingWe are pleased to announce that two members of the RENATE Working Board will be present at this workshop and will keep the Network in touch with the conclusions and the future work at the Vatican in this important field of TIP and how we as a Network can collaborate in this work.
From the Vatican Radio Website
August 23, 2013 – On the request of Pope Francis, Catholic Church experts will gather in November with the aim of better tackling the growing scourge of human trafficking. “We must be grateful to Pope Francis for having identified one of the most important social dramas of our time and that he has had enough trust in our Catholic institutions to ask us to arrange this working group,” said Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The academy along with the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations will meet to discuss a Vatican action plan to help combat what is often referred to as the modern slave trade. “Trafficking in human beings is a terrible offense against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights,” Bishop Sánchez Sorondo told Vatican Radio on Thursday. “In this century, it acts as a catalyst in the creation of criminal assets.” The group will meet at the headquarters of both the academies in Vatican City.
Bishop Sánchez Sorondo observed that the United Nations has begun to be aware of this growing crime “only in 2000,” together with the effects of globalization. “The alarming increase in the trade in human beings is one of the pressing economic, social and political risks associated with the process of globalization,” he said. “It’s a serious threat to the security of individual nations and a question of international justice.”
A 2012 report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on human trafficking says around 20.9 million victims are forced into labor globally. Each year, about two million people are victims of sex trafficking, 60 percent of whom are girls. The practice is not limited to poor and underdeveloped areas, but extends to all world regions. “Some observers argue that, in a few years, trafficking in persons will exceed the trafficking of drugs and arms, making it the most lucrative criminal activity in the world,” the bishop warned. (Source: CNA)

Pope Francis and RENATE


Pope Francis has recently acknowledged RENATE’s work in helping raise awareness of human trafficking and the work being done across Europe to help victims of trafficking – see a note back from Pope Francis below.
Letter Secretariat of State Vatican

European Conference – Raising awareness of Trafficking


RENATE has held her first European Conference on Human Trafficking.
It has been little more than a year since RENATE began its preparation for the European conference for Religious against trafficking. The goal of the conference was to meet, interact with and learn from experiences of Religious engaged in counter-trafficking work, across Europe. Individual religious willing to become involved in this ministry were also welcome. The limited number of places was allocated in such a way as to ensure participation from Eastern, Central and Western Europe, and from as many countries as possible.
The working language of the Conference was English. After the participant list was closed, RENATE arranged translation from English into Polish, Italian and Albanian along with whisper translations in French, German and Portuguese.
The Salvatorian Centre of Spiritual Formation in Trzebinia (near Cracow) in Poland was chosen as the venue.
The Conference took place from September 4th – 9th 2011. Download the report by clicking the image below

Fund Raising – promoting your event


1. Choose to raise money for human trafficking victims

Plenty of sponsored events go on throughout the year where you are encouraged to choose who you will be raising money for. Choose to help those you are supporting and working to eliminate human trafficking – you can donate straight to RENATE or find many other worthwhile human trafficking projects to help – many are listed on our website.

2. If you don’t ask…

Don’t be afraid to ask everyone you can think of for sponsorship. The worst they can say is “no”! The personal approach often works best, so talk to people or email them individually. And don’t jkust tell them what you’re doing, tell them why.

3. Spread the word

Why not give a talk about your event in your church, school or workplace? Or write an article for your parish newspaper? Or put up a poster ? Your local press may also be interested.

4. Get connected

The internet is a great way to get publicity. You could write a blog about the run-up to your event, or promote it on facebook or twitter. One simple way to raise awareness is to add a signature to the bottom of your emails giving the details.

5. Double your money

Ask your employer if they have a matched giving scheme. They could make a big difference by doubling the money you raise. If they don’t have one, ask why not!

6. A picture tells a thousand words

Make sure there’s someone to take photos on the day. These are vital for getting press coverage and donations after your event, and they could be hugely inspiring to other people. Don’t forget to email your photos to RENATE too.



Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013 by Pope Francis
“Peace in the whole world, still divided by greed looking for easy gain, wounded by the selfishness
which threatens human life and the family, selfishness that continues in human trafficking, the most
extensive form of slavery in this twenty-first century; human trafficking is the most extensive form
of slavery in this twenty-first century! Peace to the whole world, torn apart by violence linked to
drug trafficking and by the iniquitous exploitation of natural resources! Peace to this our Earth!
Made the risen Jesus bring comfort to the victims of natural disasters and make us responsible
guardians of creation.”

Pope Paul VI on Human Trafficking


Furthermore, whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder, genocide, abortion,
euthanasia or wilful self-destruction, whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as
mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself; whatever insults
human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery,
prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where
men are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things
and others of their like are infamies indeed. They poison human society, but they do more harm to
those who practice them than those who suffer from the injury. Moreover, they are supreme
dishonor to the Creator. (Gaudium et Spes, 27)