Albania Mission Against
Human Trafficking

Women's Project harvesting beans in Kallmet

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.

What is the UN GIFT Box

The UN GIFT Box campaign is an anti-human trafficking campaign that uses public art to raise awareness about human trafficking and its victims. UN GIFT Boxes are large boxes (about 2 meters on a side and 2 meters tall). On the outside, the box looks like a present and includes phrases and ideas commonly used by traffickers to recruit victims. On the inside the walls of the box are decorated with the true stories of trafficking victims and information about how visitors can help combat human trafficking.

Campaign Background

The United Response Against Trafficking, (URAT),  network in Albania identified the UN GIFT Box as a potential project in December 2015. From January to June members of the network worked to get the GIFT Box funded and constructed. Construction of the GIFT Box was coordinated with Stop the Traffik in the United Kingdom. Stop the Traffik owns the rights to the GIFT Box and has the right to approve design and content decisions for all GIFT Boxes constructed around the world. URAT coordinated design, construction and content decisions with Stop the Traffik over the course of 6 months from January to June 2016. During this period, Stop the Traffik had all the required legal documents translated into Albanian so they could be signed by Mary Ward Loreto Foundation.

During this period, Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, as a member of the URAT Network raised money to cover construction costs and identified cities that could host the GIFT Box during summer and fall. Because of budget constraints only four cities (Durres, Saranda, Tirana, and Shkoder) were selected based on their strategic geographic location. Saranda and Durres have beautiful beaches and therefor they are tourist areas and hot spots for Human Trafficking, Tirana is the capital of Albania where half of the national population lives and Shkodra is one of the hot spots of Human Trafficking in Northern Albania known for traffickers as well as for victims. Once the cities and dates were identified URAT worked with the Ministry of the Interior and local authorities to identify locations where the box could be displayed, facilities that could be used for training, and the type of security that would be provided for the box. Please click here to read the full report…