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 Against Human Trafficking

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The 8th Annual International Symposium on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling is taking place today in Brussels.

Four members of RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation) are attending this event and the President of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation/ RENATE, Imelda Poole (IBVM), representing Albania.

The delegates of this Annual International Symposium will:

  • Explore how to build effective multi-agency cooperation to ensure the conviction of perpetrators
  • Consider ways to safeguard victims by strengthening victim support
  • Take part in interactive discussions with key stakeholders and share best practice in the protection of trafficking victims
  • Examine how to better identify, protect and support victims of sexual exploitation through the delivery a person-centred safeguarding system
  • Share ideas on and transfer current knowledge of available training and education for frontline staff to ensure that they are qualified to identify and assess victims of trafficking
  • Evaluate the importance of partnership working and discuss how best to implement effective multi-sector collaboration;

The trafficking in human beings has, over the last decade, increased significantly. According to the International Labour Organisation, in 2012 there were 20.9 million people were victims of forced labour and sexual exploitation in the world. In the period 2013-14 EU countries reported 15,846 victims of human trafficking, 76% of which were women and girls according to a European Commission report. It is estimated that two out of three registered victims (67%) were trafficked for sexual exploitation, 21% for other types of forced labour and 12% for other types of exploitation. Please click here for more



The Arise Foundation and The Mary Ward Loreto Foundation gathered in Tirana, Albania for a two-day training workshop on fundraising for grassroots organizations engaged in anti-slavery work. This workshop covered all aspects of the grant cycle, from researching funders, to proposal writing, to building and maintaining strong relationships with donors.

The 42 participants included RENATE members from Eastern Europe and representatives of many different organizations.

Participants left the workshop with greater confidence in their ability to identify and share their work with potential funders and to write proposals. The participants obtained practice in developing components of good proposals, including log frames and needs statements, received tips and strategies for building funder relationships, and learned key concepts and phrases in anti-slavery funding.

The workshop was led by Forward Motion Strategies’ Managing Director Kate Horner. She has over a decade of experience working with nonprofits on program design, monitoring and evaluation, and grants management.

This workshop gave an excellent opportunity for all organizations to network and share their experiences with fundraising.

We look forward to the collaboration between The Arise Foundation and The Mary Ward Loreto Foundation continuing.


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.







Introduction for Easter Newsletter

It seems appropriate that this introduction is being written on March 8th, the day when we remember human rights for women all over the world. This morning nearly all of the MWL staff were engaged in women’s rights events, even the men! The march was led by many women but also men took a leadership role, working for human rights for all.  Together we can make such a difference…. Please click here to read the MWL Newsletter No.9 in English.

Ju lutem klikoni këtu për të lexuar MWL Newsletter-in Nr.9 në Shqip.


The award ceremony took place on March 15 in Bristol. The short film competition was announced by the organisation Unchosen who use the power of film in fight against-modern slavery.

“Ivan died at the age of 48, at the consequences of the disease less than two years after his rescue. It was on February 7, 2016 – the eve of Saint Bakhita´s Day, the patron of trafficked victims….”

See the winning film:



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