28th Sept 2018 – We are immensely proud of the fact that Sr Imelda Poole has been made a Member of the British Empire for her work to tackle modern slavery in Europe.

Sr Imelda is the President of Mary Ward Loreto (Albanian Mission Against Human Trafficking) and also President of Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE).  She has spent nearly 10 years fighting 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 Loreto order and to the UK as a whole, hence this recent recognition.

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 the combating of 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.”

On the announcement of the award, the British Ambassador to the Holy See, Sally Axworthy, said “I am delighted to learn that Sr. Imelda Poole has been awarded this honour by Her Majesty The Queen.  This MBE is well-deserved recognition of Sr. Imelda’s outstanding service in combating human trafficking and modern slavery.”

We hope that our students and their families will be inspired by the compassion and courage of Sr Imelda.  For more information about the work of the Mary Ward Foundation in Albania, click here.