Albania Mission Against
Human Trafficking

MARY WARD LORETO is planting hope with a human rights approach to combating modern day slavery. This challenging mission is implemented through works of justice, education, grass roots action and systemic change. The aim is to eradicate poverty, the prime cause for human trafficking.

Monthly Archives: August 2016

Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, will hold a conference on September 16th, 2016

The title is: “Challenges and Perspectives of Men in the Albanian Society”

The conference will present the findings of an eight months research which has been conducted in many regions of Albania. This research has identified the issues and the specific needs of men, the challenges which they face in being a positive example of regional development and the need for new approaches to combat the phenomena of domestic violence and gender equality.

We are pleased to invite you to participate in this event. We would like to share the findings of this study with you, and to create a platform whereby you can also exchange your thoughts and ideas with us in the development of the next steps for concrete change.

Venue: The Tirana International Hotel, Balsha Room

Date: September 16th, 2016

Time: 10:00 to 12:00 (cocktail included)

Mary Ward Loreto was invited on July 18th – 21st 2016, to the ‘Law Enforcement Conference’ in Slovenia, organized by our partners from the UK, The Medaille Trust.  20 delegates from UK, Albania, Slovenia, and Poland attended the conference. The aim was to train actors combating human trafficking on Ending Modern Day Slavery through successful collaborations with partners that have a key role on the process. It also had the focus of encouraging mutual support between Police forces and other structures which help in the rescue of victims of trafficking and the process for their the rehabilitation.  This conference resulted in intense learning from excellent training sessions, exchange of experiences, learning from best practices, and a strengthening of partnerships. We are grateful to The Medaille Trust and in particular Mike Emberson, the manager of the shelters of the Medaille Trust, for organising this important event.

In the light of empowering key actors in the community, Mary Ward Loreto Women has been developing trainings on Broad Based Organizing with various members of the local community in Shkodra. Those attending this training also shared the issues of the community they work with and the enthusiasm about working together according to this methodology. The group has decided to develop another meeting in September, to select an issue which will be the focus for their working together, in order to promote effective change in the local community.

Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, launched a very important initiative: the opening of a kiosk for craft products. The development of the initiative has been the project MWLW with rural women in Tropoje. The shop was open in June and the impact has been immediate in the area, where there have been no such services in the past. Our customers are local residents, city residents of the surrounding villages of Bajram Curri who come to spend weekends with their families Other buyers come as tourists and groups from different cities of Albania, and also from around the world.

 “Women’s Craft from Tropoja” is located in Valbona. It is a store that offers various products crafts such as beaded jewelry, greeting cards embroidered by hand and customized products made in wool with cloth weaved by hand in a loom. Many other hand made products are sold such as: Hand made clothing and accessories for children and adults, kitchen accessories, traditional folk dress of Tropoja, products such as local honey, and mountain tea.

There are a total of 15 women who produce various crafts and they have already made good sales although it has only opened just a month ago.

The Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and National Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Persons, Elona Gjebrea, welcomed this initiative and urged all citizens to call on the help line Number: 116 006  to report any concern about trafficking in persons, or to  report in the “Raporto! Shpeto” which can be downloaded from Google Play. URAT network has been the organizers of this campaign in Albania in collaboration with the Albanian Ministry of the Interior and STOP THE TRAFFIK, UK. All participants signed a symbolic statement “Say No to Trafficking”. To see the video and the photos please click here..

Until now: 

3805 people have shown an interest by visiting the UN.Gift Box.

916 people have signed a declaration against human trafficking.