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

To mark the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, October 18, 2016 Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Interior, Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE) and United Response Against Trafficking (URAT), was pleased to present a film festival focused on human trafficking. The festival took place at the Cultural Centre of Orthodox Church in the center of Tirana and lasted two hour.

Those who participated in this Festival were our collaborators, partners, beneficiaries, volunteers, students and representatives from the Ministry of Interior.

Four films were shown during the evening, and all of these films as indicated below, reflected the work against human trafficking in which we are all engaged:

“Called To Give Voice to the Voiceless”- RENATE

“Two Little Girls” – ALBANIA ACPD

“Passport” – Mary Ward Loreto

“UN.Gift Box – Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign in Albania”- URAT Network



Launching Event of the “UN.Gift” Box Campaign in Tirana- An Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign.

The launching event started with the march in front of the Prime Minister office, at 10.00. a.m., and then moving towards the “UN Gift” box situated in the “Deshmoret e Kombit” Boulevard, in front of “Parku Rinia”, in Taivan gardens, at 11.00, for the official opening of the campaign.

In the event were present the Minister of Interior Mr. Saimir Tahiri, Deputy Ministry of Interior Ms. Elona Gjebrea, Prefecture of Tirana Mr. Sadi Vorpsi, Deputy. Minister for Education and Science Ms. Nora Malaj, organizations part of network URAT and other invited.

The purpose of this activity is to raise awareness to the Albanian population about the dangers of Human Trafficking and to help vulnerable communities to protect themselves from the traffickers and to understand better the ways in which survivors of trafficking are helped to re-integrate into society.

Please click here to see the pictures of the event.



Mike Emberson, the CEO of the Medaille Trust and Jess Gealer the Staff member of the Medaille and coordinator of the joint initiative in Hampshire against human trafficking, visited MWL over the last few days. During this time we had many meetings with members of MWL staff and representatives from the Police and D&E. They also gave a dynamic training on The Trafficking of Albanians to the UK, New Trends and Challenges”. We also heard of the approaches to the joined up approach in Hampshire. Please, click  here for more information…

Now, the UN.GIFT Box Campaign in Saranda.

UN.GIFT Box (Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking) is a campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking. So far, many locals and tourists have shown interest to visit it and many stories were shared with the volunteers. For those of you in Saranda, be sure to visit the GIFT Box. It will be soon in Shkodra and Tirana. Please click here to see pictures from the campaign.

Mary Ward Loreto (MWL) was invited to attend the Medaille Trust International Conference 2016, ‘’Investigating and Prosecuting Human Trafficking, International Perspectives’’. It is already the third year that we attend international conferences by Medaille Trust, due to the strong partnership between the two NGO-s.

The conference was held in Bled, Slovenia on July 19th – 21st, 2016. The MWL Women Assistant Manager, Irena Kraja, attended the conference. Part of the Albanian delegates, were the representatives of ‘Different and Equal’ and Albanian State Police. Please click here to read the full report...