Uniting Britain and Albania
Mission Against
Human Trafficking

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.

RENATE: Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation


Launch of RENATE Mapping Exercise Child Trafficking in Europe which was held at the House of Commons on 23 January 2019.

One hundred guests joined RENATE members at a parliamentary reception in the Churchill Room in the House of Commons on 23 January 2019. Thanks to the ARISE Foundation for their support in sponsoring the event as  former Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Trustee member of the ARISE Foundation, Rt Hon Lord Hogan-Howe welcomed all present and set the context for the afternoon which saw contributions from Mr. Iain Duncan-Smith MP, Commons sponsor of the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill; Mrs. Maria Miller MP, co-chair of the Independent Review into the 2015 Modern Slavery Act; Revd Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford, lead researcher of the Mapping exercise and Imelda Poole, IBVM, MBE, RENATE President. Click here to read the full report and photos of the event.


Revd Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford

Please click here to download the RENATE Mapping Exercise Child Trafficking in Europe.

RENATE Training on “Trafficking and Trauma: Care for Victims and Preventive Care for Carers”



Mary Ward Loreto attended the RENATE Europe annual training on “Trafficking and Trauma: Care for Victims and Preventive Care for Carers”. This training took place at the Palloti Haus Conference Centre in Freising, Germany, on April 30th – May 4th 2018. There were 34 participants from different countries of Europe, who work directly with victims of sexual exploitation.

It was a very fruitful training in terms of raising professional capacity to support a victim of trafficking, which is part of the mission and practice of MWL, as well as exchanging good practices.

We were given warm hospitality and care at Palloti Haus, welcomed by the Sr. Mabel Marioti who moderated this activity for the whole week; Sr. Imelda Poole, president of RENATE, and Ivone Van De Kar who introduced us with the programme and logistics for the week.

Important information and practice on Psychotraumatology and Focused Trauma Therapy were given by Mrs. Joana Terzieva and Dr. Ingeborg Kraus, who have much experience working with victims of sexual exploitation. “Care for the Carers” aiming to provide skills to improve the health and wellbeing of the carers at work, highlighting that we need to consider our own needs as well as the needs of those who we are working with, in order to be effective and helpful.

It was a very rich learning week that combined theoretical information on the topic, practical cases, the point of view and the law enforcement approach, the spiritual approach, prayer and reflection, visit at SOLWODY Augsburg, and socializing and sightseeing with the group.

RENATE Annual Working Board meeting, 6-11 November, 2017. St. Joseph’s Retreat Centre, Malta.


The RENATE Working Board members and staff, gathered at the Mount St. Joseph Retreat House, in Mosta, Malta.  It was a week of facilitated review, reflection, sharing of best practice and bonding. It was a week of work where daily Mass and specially/ prepared Liturgies served to give perspective and anchor us in our work.

Full report available at: RENATE Annual Working Board meeting, 6-11 November, 2017. St. Joseph’s Retreat Centre, Malta.

The 2nd Assembly of RENATE in Rome 2016 ‘’Ending Trafficking begins with US.’’


RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking against Trafficking and Exploitation) has welcomed 130 members from many European countries, to Rome, for their second European Assembly (6-12 November 2016). Here they reflected, learnt, dialogued and shared best practices to combat human trafficking and exploitation. They were motivated by excellent inputs, workshops, presentations and through the testimony of the survivors of this modern slavery. During the second day of the assembly the RENATE Members had a special meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican and each participant had the privilege of greeting His Holiness in person. This was a joyful day for each of them. Imelda Poole IBVM, the President of RENATE, thanked Pope Francis on behalf of the organization, citing specific ways in which he has raised awareness of human trafficking, especially of the suffering of the trafficked. Pope Francis was also thanked for the tremendous support given to those working to eliminate human trafficking and who support and work with survivors. Please click the link to read the full report: The 2nd Assembly of RENATE in Rome 2016 ‘’Ending Trafficking begins with US.’’

RENATE Semi-Annual REPORT, October 2015 – March 2016


“No one can claim to be indifferent, in the face of new forms of slavery, imposed by criminal organisations which buy and sell men, women and children, as forced labourers, in construction, agriculture, fishing or in other markets.” Pope Francis, 2nd December 2015, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Please click here to download the RENATE Semi-Annual REPORT, October 2015 – March 2016

Modern Slavery Garden wins gold at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2016

Awarded gold, Juliet Sargeant’s Modern Slavery Garden highlighted the chilling fact that, two centuries after the passing of the Slavery Act, there are still 27 million slaves worldwide. At the heart of the Modern Slavery Garden is an oak tree, similar to the one (still alive in Sussex, UK) under which William Wilberforce stood when he dedicated his life to ending slavery, symbolising hope. A series of front doors such as you see on every street led to a path of freedom planted with a riot of colour, to uplift and give hope.

You can see and hear Juliet Sargeant speak about the garden at: http://www.itv.com/news/update/2016-05-17/designer-brings-modern-slavery-garden-to-chelsea-flower-show/


 Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December 2015

“This year’s International Day for the Abolition of Slavery comes as the international community is intensifying efforts to eradicate poverty and forge a post-2015 development agenda. In pursuing these goals, it is vital that we give special consideration to ending modern-day slavery and servitude which affects the poorest, most socially excluded groups – including migrants, women, discriminated ethnic groups, minorities and indigenous peoples.There has been important progress in the last year.Continue Reading…….

RENATE Mapping Across Europe

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Just published, the RENATE Mapping Across Europe Report provides rich insights into the contribution being made by women religious, their congregations and associates in the world-wide efforts to bring an end to Human Trafficking. Set within the wider context of the most recent US Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report published in July 2015, the RENATE Mapping Across Europe Report illustrates the diverse actions undertaken by RENATE members in 13 countries from East, Central and Western Europe. These actions range from victim protection through shelters, to education-awareness, informing policy, recovery and integration, advocacy as well as campaigning. In addition to assessing existing systems of victim identification and support within the 13 participating countries, attention is drawn to possible loopholes within such systems, as well as risks of abuse and exploitation. Attentive to the pain of the victims of human trafficking, the Report proposes conclusions and recommendations which when implemented, have the power to transform the lives of those who are the victims of this crime against humanity. RENATE Mapping Across Europe

Introduction by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person, www.renate-europe.net

RENATE Members attend Training for Transformation and Board Meeting in Dublin.

Members travelled from across 16 European countries to All Hallows College, Dublin, for this training programme and board meeting, from the 26th to the 30th of October, 2015. Most enjoyed and gained much benefit from the three-day training. It was followed by input from various organisations located in Ireland and working to stop human trafficking: Continue Reading: Report from RENATE Training in Ireland.

The 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters, 3rd-6th November, 2015.

Advocates for women’s shelters, health care workers, women working as social workers and other NGO’s are amongst the participants from more than 95 countries around the world currently attending the conference, including RENATE members Adina Balan, SJ and Ivonne van de Kar, who will co-present a presentation on RENATE at the Conference. The Conference is an initiative arising from the Global Network of Women’s Shelters (GNWS), the Dutch Foundation of Women’s Shelters and its partners, with a view to connecting and acting together in order to end violence against women.  Continue Reading: Conference Centre World Forum, The Hague, the Netherlands


One the critical projects supported by MWL is the The Network of Women Religious in Europe – known as RENATE – is committed to working together against human trafficking, keeping abreast of the latest trends and in the light of Gospel values. The members work in the field of direct action, training, advocacy and campaigning, research and cross cultural cooperation. The work of RENATE has an ethic of inclusivity with members equally from East and West Europe. RENATE has developed a methodology of work which includes a high level of networking processes amongst the members using modern technology and clear communication. This enables resources to be shared and an implementation of the plan of action to be successfully accomplished at every stage. The work itself includes awareness raising right across Europe through the collaboration of the many members of RENATE. This action is directed to eliminating, to the best of their ability, the crime of human trafficking taking place in our world today. This particular work undertaken by the members, involves many creative initiatives right across Europe in the field of prevention in the most vulnerable and isolated regions, sustaining many innovative projects. The members are also engaged in buy valtrex direct action with the victims of trafficking. They work in shelters, refugee services, reintegration centres and on the streets where the victims are being used by pimps and need to be rescued. Finally RENATE’s methodology includes advocacy and research. In this work they have amongst their members some who have or who are conducting PhD level research in the field of anti-trafficking and who collaborate with RENATE in this work.

RENATE are also aware, through the use of their website that they can be key actors in the field of advocacy worldwide. Through the individual members, advocacy is taking place each day at the grass roots. Those, in RENATE, are aware of the intensity of their work and so a key element is also ‘care of the workers’. This has been included as an integral part of their plan of action and therefore their methodology.They are also aware of the need for assessment and for ensuring our future until this crime has disappeared, therefore fund raising is constant and they raise awareness of their needs to all congregations in Europe and funding bodies who are sensitive to this work. They are constituted as a non profit NGO under the Dutch law and have a Board, a core group and sub groups consisting of hard working voluntary members. They also employ three part time staff: A secretary, a communications officer and a finance officer.

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RENATE member with the Pope during a human trafficking workshop

Romania Labour Trafficking Changing
Romania Labour Trafficking Changing briefing

RENATE Film maker
RENATE Film maker highlighting the issue of human trafficki