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Healing the Wounds of Modern Slavery

Friday 15th October 2021

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An international conference exploring aspects of modern slavery and human trafficking, in collaboration with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.

The conference will focus on existing and emerging innovative practice responses to supporting survivors in their journey towards healing the wounds inflicted during their exploitation.

Panel sessions have been organised around the following themes:

  • Health and public health responses
  • Prevention through partnerships
  • Protection and provision of pastoral care for survivors by ecclesial and religious communities
  • The role of creative interventions, including drama, music and art in providing innovative approaches to recovery and reintegration


  • Prof. Margaret Archer
  • Dr Petre Breazu
  • Linda Dearlove
  • Luke De Pulford
  • HE Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti
  • Dr Perry Halkitis
  • HE Archbishop Nikitas Loulias
  • Prof Vasileia Digidiki Lucero
  • Bishop Richard Moth
  • Sr Ancy Mathew
  • Dr Anthony McClaran
  • Sr Patricia Mulhall
  • Dr Carole Murphy
  • Olusola Oyeleye
  • Dr Renos Papadopoulos
  • Alison Porter
  • Dame Sara Thornton
  • Archimandrite Nephon Tsimalis
  • Caroline Virgo


  • In-person: £40 per day
  • Online: £10 per day

In-person attendees will get a buffet lunch and tea/coffee.

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  • 9am: Arrivals and Registration (Reception and WDR)
  • 9.30am: Welcome and Introductions
  • 10am: Keynote Address (including Q&A)
    • Dame Sara Thornton (UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
      • Introduction: Dr Carole Murphy
      • Chair: Ruth Van Dyke (Bakhita Centre)
  • 11am: Break
  • 11.15am: Panel 1: Protection – Health and public health impacts and responses (chaired by Dr Petre Breazu)
    • Perry Halkitis, Dean of Rutgers School of Public Health
    • Dr Vasileia Digidiki Lucero, Instructor, Health and Human Rights Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University
    • Prof Margaret Archer (Sociologist)
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Panel 2: Prevention and Partnerships (chaired by Dr Carole Murphy)
    • Caroline Virgo – The Clewer Initiative
    • Sr Patricia Mulhall, CSB Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation
    • Sr Linda Dearlove RSM, MBE, Women at the Well
  • 4pm: Joint Worship in St Mary’s Chapel
  • 9am: Introduction and Welcome from Fr Nephon
  • 9.15am: Keynote Addresses
    • HE Archbishop Nikitas Loulias
    • HE Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti
  • 10.45am: Break
  • 11.15am: Panel 3: Protection– Trauma and Pastoral support (chaired by Prof Peter Tyler)
    • Renos Papadopoulos, University of Essex
    • § Trixie Brenninkmeijer / Luke de Pulford (Arise Foundation)
    • Sr Ancy Mathew (Rahab Project)
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Panel 4: Protection and Prevention: Creative interventions (chaired by Ruth Van Dyke)
    • Olusola Oyeleye (drama for healing SMU)
  • 3.30pm: Final Performance
    • Alison Porter PhD student (Warwick) and Elizabeth Schenk (Warwick)
  • 4.30pm: Final Plenary and Discussion: Where next?

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Friday 15th October 2021

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For more information about this event please contact Prof Peter Tyler (Professor - Pastoral Theology and Spirituality):
Tel: 020 8240 4082

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