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visitespeprmi 01The UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking (especially women and children), Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, EsqDuring the month of September, Italy received the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking (especially women and children), Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, Esq. She had been invited by the Italian Government and met with various organizations and NGOs in Venice, Turin, Palermo, Napoli, Caserta and Castel Volturno. She was there to assess the situation in Italy while preparing a report to be submitted to the UN in 2014. During her visit to Venice, we had the opportunity to attend Ms. Ezeilo’s meeting with private organizations who are active in social work against human trafficking and belong to a consortium of the three regions in the northeastern part of Italy.  It was an intense meeting, and the UN Rapporteur was accompanied by her assistants and interpreters. She listened carefully, inquiring about what each group is doing, the current situation in the three northeastern Italian regions, the network among organizations, and the implementation of the Italian law protecting the victims of human trafficking.

Since Ms. Ezeilo had expressed the desire to visit a shelter house in our area, we had the honor of welcoming her into our community at Project Miriam. It was a simple but deep encounter. Ms. Ezeilo wanted to see where we give shelter to the women and also the training workshop where they work during the day. She also wanted to meet the women one by one. She listened very carefully to their stories, inquiring about their future plans and encouraging them to be strong and trust in the choices they are making for their new life. 

dotvisitespeprmi 02Community meeting with Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, Esqvisitespeprmi 03Community meeting with Sunitha Krishnan

It was a very meaningful moment for us. This gave us an opportunity to reflect and thank God for the fifteen years of Project Miriam and share our desire to work to advocate for the victims, and accompany many wounded women and to find ever new ways to give them back their dignity and hope.  

visitespeprmi 04Sunitha Krishnan, an activist from IndiaIn October, our community was visited by Sunitha Krishnan, an activist from India, who is also the co-founder of Prajwala. Sunitha works to help and empower children and women who have been victims of human trafficking. She met our guests while they were working in the Miriam Worshop.  


Sunitha encouraged us to be a presence in our area which breaks the silence, resignation and tolerance for the demand which is at the root of sexual trafficking. She told us about the young lives, victims of sexual tourism. Every kind of violence is carried out against these victims in order to break their resistance. She then stated, “Our urgent action and responsibility are needed not only because of the great number of victims of human trafficking:  even just one human being who has been abused in his/her human dignity is too much to bear.”

 Published: November 13, 2013