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.

Mary Ward Loreto Foundation was invited by ICITAP Albania, to attend the Sex Crimes Investigation Training Course at the New Lenox Police Department, Illinois.

The training course was held in New Lenox Police Department, Illinois  on  March 5th – 9th, 2018. The Mary Ward Loreto Women Social Worker of Advice Centre in Tirana, Arveda Baholli, attended the training course. Part of the Albanian delegates, were the representatives of Albanian State Police, a translator and a psychologist.

The aim of this training course was to strength the skills and knowledge of the first responders, criminal investigators (investigative specialists) and other authorized professionals, who work on sex crimes investigation.

Albanian State Police, the social worker from MWL and a psychologist will develop a curriculum for  the investigative process, procedures and policies regarding sex crimes, according to New Lenox Police.

  • – The methodology of this training course included: descriptions, languages and graphical discussions. Film footage, high impact teaching, photos, and case studies of real issues, specifically designed to illustrate and support topics that were presented.
  • – This training course had an inter-institutional approach, focused on the victim, management and investigation of the sex crimes. The information provided was comprehensive and focused on the specified investigation process, psychological, medical, social needs/services for the victim.

At the training participated 35 delegates including:

  • US Police Service;
  • Albanian Police Service;
  • An Albanian Translator;
  • Mary Ward Loreto;
  • An Albanian Psychologist.

The Topics of the Training presented:

– In the first session of the training course, the trainer gave a good introduction and orientation of the topic, mainly on Myths and Stereotyping of Sexual Assault Cases, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sexual Assault Investigations, Rape Trauma Syndrome and Emotional First Aid.

–  In the second session of the training course, the trainer was focused on a very important point of the Sex Crime: the interview. This is focused on the victim and her support, interviewing the victims and witnesses to gather evidence, pattern Identification, Investigation and Response. All this gave a wider picture of the Interviewing process, which is a process that should be improved in Albania.

– In the third session of the training course, the trainer was focused on the role of the social media in the investigation of the sex crime, controlled communications and Stress Management for Sexual Assault Investigators. The methodology of using videos and photos made the topics more clear.

– In the last session of the training course (the last two days of the training), the trainer presented Criminal Profiling Techniques for Sex Crimes Investigators, The Reliability of Eyewitness Identifications, False Allegations of Rape and the Assessment of Verbal and Written Statements to Determine Deception. All of these were explained by real case studies, from which the topics were made more concrete.

Facilitators of the event:

  • Thimothy Hardiman, New York City Police Department (Retired) New York, NY
  • ROBERT J. MORTON Supervisory Special Agent (retired), Federal Bureau of Investigation Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville
  • SERGEANT HILARY DAVIS New Lenox Police Department, Illinois

Outcomes of the event:

  • Certificates of attendance have been distributed to the participants.
  • The training was very helpful and useful in developing practical approaches, examples and good structure. The experience of being in the training with the US law enforcement employee and exchange of the information was very good.
  • This training gave the Albanian Participants the knowledge and confidence to develop and deliver their own course back in Albania.

 

PREPARED BY : ARVEDA BAHOLLI

SOCIAL WORKER, MWLW-ACT