Police chiefs, Church representatives from across the world and Home Office ministers are taking part in a conference in London, between 5-6 December, aimed at developing strategies to combat human trafficking. It will showcase and build on a joint police and Church initiative that has been running in London for the past three years. Training modules and good practice will be shared and developed.
It will be the second international conference of the Santa Marta Group, an alliance of international police chiefs and Bishops from around the world, working together with governments to eradicate human trafficking and provide pastoral care to victims. The group is led by Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, and Cardinal Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.