Sr Imelda Poole, from the English Province has been honoured to receive an MBE, by Queen Elizabeth II. This honour is for her services to combating modern human slavery. The citation will appear as President of Religious in Europe Networking Against Human Trafficking (RENATE) and President of Mary Ward Loreto (Albanian Mission Against Human Trafficking).
Sister Imelda POOLE
President of Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE) and President of Mary War
d Loreto (Albanian Mission Against Human Trafficking), receives an MBE for services to combating modern slavery
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 27 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 important work in many areas of the UK including Manchester, Glasgow and Middlesbrough.
On learning of her award Sister Imelda Poole said “ This is an honour which I accept on behalf of the Female Religious and co workers 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. ”.