Albania Mission Against
Human Trafficking

Women's Project harvesting beans in Kallmet

MARY WARD LORETO is planting hope with a human rights approach to combating modern day slavery. This challenging mission is implemented through works of justice, education, grass roots action and systemic change. The aim is to eradicate poverty, the prime cause for human trafficking.

This week, June 18th, we have been in Rome representing RENATE along with 6 continental/regional coordinators of Talitha Kum in a working group facilitated by Pat Murray IBVM, the General Secretary of UISG and with Gabriella Bottani the Director of Talitha Kum. During this week, we have circled the globe looking at how effective the growing global network of Religious women and co-workers is in this desire to combat human trafficking.

We are looking more closely at the links between this global pandemic and the massive phenomena of the migration and refugee flows around the world.

We have become linked with the newly reconstructed major Papal commissions related to JPIC such as the Refugee and Migration Council, the Laity and Women’s Council and Caritas Internationalis. 

Good communication and the sharing of information and best practice has been the hallmark of the week. The constant challenges in the work have been shared and guidelines have been written as the means for all protagonists to ensure immediate communication and transfer of information for fruitful outcomes in the work.

We try so many new ways of developing strong networking and to help our work to become a little more effective.

At present on a lighter note, as I write this short report, I am sitting in a coffee bar after early morning Mass at The Gesu. You were all remembered. Our meetings for the week have been at the offices of UISG on Ponte Angelico overlooking the Tiber and the Colosseum. It is all very beautiful and very hot!

Imelda.

23 June 2017.