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.

18 October 2017: EU Anti-Trafficking Day

On 25th of October, in the framework of the Month of Anti-Trafficking of Human Beings, the Caritas Dioqezan Tirana-Durres, in cooperation with the Albanian Caritas, the Tirana Youth Center and the Harry Fultz Institute, organized an awareness raising activity against trafficking in human beings.

Mons. George Frendo O.P., Metropolitan Archbishop of Tirana-Durrës, in his introductory speech brought some real stories to victims of trafficking giving the united message to fight this phenomenon. Representatives from the Tirana Prefecture also spoke of the  importance of these awareness-raising activities for all but especially the young people. He also spoke of the importance for cooperation of all actors and partners to combat this phenomenon.

This activity was designed as a performance with artistic works by young people, such as recitation, essays and projections. Each of the hosts sent a message against domestic violence, emigration and a powerful message against this wound not only to Albanian society but across the globe, with the title: Love does not kill.

In the framework of anti –trafficking awareness month Mary Ward Loreto Women’s Project, operating in Tropoja organized an awareness meeting with 35 pupils in school “Ali Podrimja”, B.curr.

The participants were informed about trafficking, risks, types of trafficking, identification and addressing potential risks to would-be victims. The youngsters made artistic works such as paintings and essays which followed the message saying:  ‘Stop Trafficking in Human Beings’.

 

In the framework of anti –trafficking awareness month Mary Wad Loreto Women’s Project, operating in Lezhe and jointly with Regional Directory of Social Services, organized an awareness meeting with Roma youth studying at the “Saint Mary” Youth Centre in Lezhe. During the meeting human trafficking was explained, types of human trafficking and who are the target groups at high risk of being trafficked. The discussion focussed a lot on “Saying No” to the marriages at a very young age since this is quite an evident phenomenon for this category of population. Emphasis was put on the need to continue their education in order to be able to overcome the obstacles and risks faced during a life-time.

A group of 20 youngsters’, boys and girls, engaged in writing messages against human trafficking. There is quite a high need in working with the parents of these children to avoid the marriages which they arrange for their children at a very young age. The meeting finished with a video on human trafficking and the exploitation of a Roma child begging on the streets. The aim will be to follow up these awareness meetings with Roma parents.

To mark the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, October 18, 2017, Mary Ward Loreto Foundation in collaboration with other NGO`S, the Office of the National Coordinator for Fight Against Trafficking in Persons, Institutions, URAT Network and Ministry of Interior will organize awareness-raising activities against trafficking of  human beings. The activities will take place in Tropoja, Puka, Shkodra, Lezha, Tirana, Lushnja and Këlcyra.

Planned activities:

  • A joint calendar of activities coordinated with the Ministry of Interior;
  • Awareness raising with schools;
  • Meetings with parents;
  • Training with 9 school psychologists;
  • TOT – a group of students training their co-workers on the fight against trafficking of human beings;
  • Awareness-raising Activity with all partners and the above mentioned cities, on 18th of October;

The main purpose is to raise awareness on trafficking in human beings and increase the exchange of information, knowledge and best practices amongst the different actors working in this field. Each year, MWL organizes events to mark this day. MWL invites all actors working against human trafficking to join us in activities towards the elimination of trafficking in human beings.