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On 9 June 2018, Sr Imelda Poole, IBVM was made Member of the Order of the British Empire in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018, for her achievements and services to end modern slavery.
She receives this honor as the President of Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE) and President of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation (Albanian Mission Against Human Trafficking).
Sister Imelda Poole is a British religious sister who for nearly 10 years has led the RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation) network fighting modern slavery across 28 countries in Europe. Through her outstanding leadership, the organisation has made a significant difference in improving religious sisters’ support to victims of human trafficking and strengthened the religious orders’ cooperation with law enforcement to bring perpetrators to justice. She has brought great credit to the UK, and made a significant contribution to the Prime Minister’s objective of eradicating modern slavery. This contribution is in addition to a lifetime of service in support of the most marginalised people in society including Manchester, Glasgow and Middlesbrough in the UK.
On learning of her award Sister Imelda Poole said:
“This is an honour which I accept on behalf of the Female Religious and coworkers who are contributing, through the mission of many international networks such as RENATE, to combating modern day slavery and on behalf of the dedicated staff of Mary Ward Loreto in Albania who are passionate in this same cause. May this award expose even further the terrible crime of human trafficking which, as Pope Francis has declared, is a crime against humanity itself. Please click here for more information.
We are proud to announce that the Universal Peace Federation in collaboration with the Municipality of Tropoja honored our MWL Women Social Worker Lulzime Gjyriqi with the Ambassador of Peace Award for her contribution in promoting the values of family, society and humanity in the region of Tropoja. She attributed her award to Mary Ward Loreto Foundation. She sees herself as an implementer of its mission against Human Trafficking.