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Healing the Wounds of Modern Slavery

Friday 15th October 2021

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


  • Karen Anstiss
  • Prof. Margaret Archer
  • Dr Petre Breazu
  • Sarah Chase
  • Sr Linda Dearlove
  • Luke De Pulford
  • H.E. Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti
  • Dr Perry N. Halkitis
  • H.E. Archbishop Nikitas Loulias
  • Dr Vasileia Digidiki Lucer
  • Anthony McClaran
  • Bishop Richard Moth
  • Sr Patricia Mulhall
  • Olusola Oyeleye
  • Dr Renos Papadopoulos
  • Alison Porter
  • Sr Marialuisa Puglisi
  • Melisa Ramadan
  • Music Relief, Croydon
  • Dame Sara Thornton
  • Archimandrite Nephon Tsimalis
  • Caroline Virgo
  • Dr Anna Westin


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

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


  • 9am: Arrivals and Registration (Reception and WDR)
  • 9.30am: Welcome and Introductions - Anthony McClaran and Bishop Richard Moth 
  • 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 – Identification, Care and Support (chaired by Dr Petre Breazu)
    • Prof Perry N. 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 (Social Theorist)
    • Sarah Chase (Justice and Care)
    • Q&A
  • 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
    • Director Caroline Hattersley, Women at the Well 
    • Q&A
  • 3.30pm: Break
  • 4pm: Joint Worship in St Mary’s Chapel - (Fr Nephon and team)
  • 4.30pm: Presentation of the Benedict Medal to Archbishop Nikitas (Lioulias)
  • 9.30am: Introduction and Welcome from Fr Nephon
  • 9.45am: Keynote Address
    • H.E. Archbishop Nikitas Loulias
  • 10.30am: Break
  • 11am: Panel 3: Protection– Trauma and Pastoral support (chaired by Prof Peter Tyler)
    • Dr Renos Papadopoulos, University of Essex
    • Luke de Pulford (Arise Foundation) 
    • Sr Maria Luisa (Rahab Project) 
    • Q&A
  • 12.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm: Panel 4: Protection and Prevention: Creative interventions (chaired by Ruth Van Dyke)
    • Vanna Derosas and Melanie Doucakis, Horizons Summer School for survivors, St. Mary’s University, 2021 and launch of the HSS Poetry Book
    • Karen Anstiss, Bakhita House Creative interventions with survivors
    • Melisa Ramadan, Bakhita House dramatherapy as an intervention
    • Anna Westin, JAM network – the role of the imagination in working with trauma
    • Maithreyi Rathna, Music Relief Documentary
    • Q&A
  • 3.15pm: Break
  • 3.30pm: The Boyfriend Trick - Reading and Q&A (chaired by Carole Murphy)
    • Alison Porter PhD researcher (Warwick) and Elizabeth Schenk (Warwick)
  • 4.30pm: Final Plenary and Discussion: Where next? - Fr Nephon Tsimalis, Dr Petre Breazu, Prof Peter Tyler and Dr Carole Murphy.
  • 5pm: Close of Conference
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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):

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