Thirty RENATE members gathered at the Soeterbeeck Conference Centre, a former convent which has been sympathetically revived as a modern and beautiful meeting space. RENATE Board member, Ivonne van de Kar, welcomed everyone and presented an introductory contextual overview of the Netherlands in relation to working in human trafficking prevention, exploitation and supports to migrants.
During the week-long training, a wide selection of topics were presented, all of which centred on the principle theme of Migration and Trafficking. An understanding of Laudato Si and its message about understanding humanity within the wider context of care for the earth, set the tone for the week. Topics such as ‘’Special Care for Migrant Victims of Human Trafficking;’’ ‘’The Right to Protect’’ and ‘’Safe Futures and Voluntary Return’’ were explored in depth. Especially poignant and perhaps challenging, was the topic of ‘’Forgiveness’’ and its importance to healing and restoration.
Throughout the week, sharing and discussions contributed towards building deeper understandings and strengthening the network.
Full Report will be available shortly.
Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.
RENATE Training on Migration and Human Trafficking. Venue: the Soeterbeeck Conference Centre, Ravenstein, The Netherlands. 19-25 March, 2017.