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.


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Mary Ward Loreto Women’s Project in Tropoja had an awarenes session for the youth in “Matosh Uka” school, in Dushaj on Thursday October 18th, The European Day Against Trafficking in Human Beings.

45 high school students attended the training and they were a very dynamic group, discussing trafficking in human beings and participating in interactive exercise on how to identify traffickers and potential victims of trafficking. They shared examples and enjoyed this opportunity for learning.



The World Women’s Day is marked with the aim of recognizing the contribution and the role that women from rural areas have in the community, improving their lives and well-being in general.

Health is as important as the role that each member of the family has in life. Today, women living in rural areas have more information on their health – the risks and the necessary examinations, especially for breast cancer, one of the major causes of death.

MWL, in collaboration with the Public Health Directorate of Tropoja, enabled 15 women of the MWLW group to receive breast exams through Mammography.

Identifying diseases in time saves lives!

Last week, MWL Youth traveled to Saranda for training sessions on raising awareness of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. The trainings were held in 2 gymnasiums in the city. The general gymnasium, “Hasan Tahsini”, has been cooperating with MWL for 4 years now. We always feel welcome in their school. The second gymnasium, “Anton Thanasi”, is at a school where one of the teachers asked for our services specifically on this topic, through the contacts on the foundation web site.  We are delighted that schools and their leaders recognize the need for raising awareness against this phenomenon for their students, whose age makes them more vulnerable to being at risk of it.





In collaboration with “La Casa Nel Cuore” social center, we conducted a different kind of training on trafficking in human beings and modern slavery.

Participants in this training were students of Social Work at the Masters level. The training was different because the students were already informed about trafficking and modern slavery; We focused most on the Albanian human trafficking situation, including the referral mechanisms in Albania, and what they can do as future social workers to identify and prevent this phenomena in our society.

This month the ANYN network has hosted two introductory meetings with the Dutch Embassy and the German Embassy.

The purpose of these meetings was to gain recognition with international diplomatic representatives of the ANYN network, the network’s goals, why it exists, activities, results achieved, and how the embassies can assist in the ANYN goal of improving the lives of Albanian youth.

After listening to the presentation by each member of the ANYN steering committee, each of the embassies offered possible cooperation space and how it could help ANYN.

The Dutch Embassy explained that its purpose is to monitor and facilitate Albania’s process of introducing European Unity. They also fund projects with different NGOs in Albania depending on their priorities.

Concretely for young people, they have been running a project in collaboration with Terres des Hommes for juveniles prisoners  .

Some of the Dutch Embassy’s priorities are:

  • tackling corruption and organised crime;
  • reforming the judiciary and civil service;
  • improving the position of minorities, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) and Roma people;
  • ensuring fundamental freedoms, such as freedom of the press;
  • strengthening the democratic party system.

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Representatives of the Dutch Embassy: Ms.Egla Mitre.

Another meeting also took place with the Ambassador of the German Embassy, Ms. Susanne Schütz and head of the Culture and Press, Mr. Enrico Gunther,.

Ms. Ambassador voiced full support for the network and Mr. Gunther said that if we had concept notes for different projects, they could be sent to Mr Enrico’s contacts and will be reviewed by his department.

Enrico Gunther email :

The next meeting with the ANYN steering committee was made for the Youth Law.

The Draft Youth Law issued by ANYN through focus groups with young people and drafted with CRCA assistance was provided to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to integrate it with the Draft Law that the MASR experts are drafting, as there are direct thoughts and needs incoming from young people. The MASR did not consider this law drafted by ANYN. ANYN will bring this draft law to the Albanian Parliament with CRCA through MP Ms. Nora Malaj.

Another issue discussed at the meeting was the vote on CRCA’s request to the parliament to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 years old. The committee, after reviewing the argument, decided not to join CRCA on this request and disagreed on reducing the age of voters to 16.

The next meeting of the Steering Committee will be on November 10th, 2018 for the drafting of the 2 year strategic plan of the network.

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