Next month I will move Relentless’ base of operations to Berlin, Germany! The work of Relentless will remain pretty much the same. I will continue to 1) develop the capacity of organizations to address the physical and mental health problems suffered by their beneficiaries, 2) equip and mobilize health professionals to understand their unique and important role in addressing modern slavery, and 3) provide health and medical consultations when needed.
Locally in Berlin I will be working with Pink Door Berlin which provides aftercare services to women recovering from sex trafficking. Berlin is also the headquarters of the Netzwerk gegen Menschenhandel (Network against trafficking in human beings) which is a country-wide network of counter-trafficking organizations and focuses on prevention, capacity-building and advocate for better policies. Liberty Shared, a global organization, has a representative in Berlin so I hope to continue to work with that resource more closely. There are numerous other organizations working with refugees, trafficking survivors and other at-risk people that I’m sure to get to know.
Around Germany, I look forward to continuing my relationships with organizations in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, and Aschaffenburg, as well as develop many other partnerships through the networks.
The potential for impact throughout Europe as I will continue to work with the European Freedom Network. I also hope to start a working group among health professionals throughout Europe as a result of my contacts at the Hope For Europe conference last October. I’ve also been contacted by people with the Refugee Highway Partnership for training on human trafficking and chronic trauma. The Radiant Treasures Alliance in Italy continues to grow and there are many other opportunities opening up in other countries.
The work in Asia has not ended. I will be attending the Asia Regional Anti-Trafficking Conference at the end of February in which I can meet with existing partners and hope to develop new ones. In April I will be the main speaker at a conference about human trafficking in Kathmandu, Nepal. I intend to keep my relationships going here – I will just be doing it remotely as I have been doing with my partners in Europe over the years.
I’m very excited about this next big step and I can’t wait to see what is ahead! There is still quite a lot of work to be done and I’m so glad that you are a part of it. Thank you for your support and encouragement! I can’t do this without you!