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 Partnerships

The RENATE Working Board members and staff, gathered at the Mount St. Joseph Retreat House, in Mosta, Malta.  It was a week of facilitated review, reflection, sharing of best practice and bonding. It was a week of work where daily Mass and specially/ prepared Liturgies served to give perspective and anchor us in our work.

Full report available at: RENATE Annual Working Board meeting, 6-11 November, 2017. St. Joseph’s Retreat Centre, Malta.

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.

 

Mary Ward Loreto attended a meeting with local partners: representatives from the Municipality of Bajram Cyrri, the Education Directorate, The Community School “Ali Podrimja”, representatives from the Police, the Directorate of Public Health and local NGO-s.

The aim of the meeting was to identify the key problems facing the city of Bajram Cyrri and to strengthen the cooperation between all the key stakeholders. The participants discussed the up-coming anti-trafficking month and the coordination of activities during this time.

On 11th – 14th September 2017, the Mary Ward Loreto Women Social Worker of Advice Centre in Tirana attended a conference in Bled, Slovenia with Medaille Trust, for “Fighting Slavery-Research, Investigation and Prosecution”.

 

Modern slavery harms people all over the world. Modern Slavery is a big problem that can’t be ignored, but it has many important actors working to prevent and deal with M/S and H/T. At the conference 23 participated as delegates including:

  • 6 UK police forces
  • Albanian Police Service
  • Albanian Embassy
  • Polish Police Service
  • NCA
  • Academics 
  • Mary Ward Loreto
  • Different & Equal
  • Medaille Trust Stuff

The aim of the conference was to introduce perspectives on how to tackle and prevent modern slavery and human trafficking. This was by means of presenting the situations and sharing experiences which were discussed and analyzed.

In the first session of the conference, the participants shared their experiences working with law enforcement structures in investigating trafficking from different perspectives: investigation of potential trafficking cases, discussing witness protection issues, encouraging witnesses to give evidence, working in strategic partnerships and embedding tackling modern day slavery into neighbourhood policing approach. Also the following approaches were considered: the police operations in rescuing victims and tackle organized crime, developing anti-slavery partnership and working as combined forces in tackling MS/HT, speaking on their joint efforts to combat human trafficking, prosecution of the perpetrators, interviewing the victims and witnesses to gather evidence and dealing with the process in the court. Human Trafficking cases are difficult to investigate because trafficked persons don’t reveal many details of their stories. According to reported statistics, cases of trafficking in human beings in UK have increased, compared to previous years.

In the second session of the conference, Medaille Trust Staff and 2 NGO-s from Albania shared their experiences on working with victims of MS/HT in the shelter and supporting victims, helping in combating Modern Day Slavery by prevention work at the grass roots, rehabilitation of the victims and services provided for the beneficiaries.

Mary Ward Loreto Women spoke of their efforts to help vulnerable women in Albania and preventative strategies for MS/HT at the NGO level, approaches to support, updates, new trends, current issues, and the problems faced. MWLW presented as well  the MWL Women Advice Centre of Tirana (MWL Women ACT), aiming to provide advice to the women in need for the problems they face, to develop a referral system, and to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives in the region and city of Tirana.

This conference was a good experience and a good opportunity to develop anti-slavery partnerships and for working as combined forces on tackling MS/HT.

Facilitators of the event:

Mr Mike Emberson: Project Director of the Medaille Trust,

Mr Ben Shepherd: Partnership Manager at the Medaille Trust,

Ms Jess Gealer: Deputy Operations Manager at the Medaille Trust

Outcomes of the event:

The delegates committed themselves to strengthen the partnerships between police forces and NGO-s around the countries.

Certificates of attendance have been distributed for the participants

The contacts list of all the delegates have been shared.

PREPARED BY: ARVEDA BAHOLLI (Social Worker – MWL Advice Centre for Women in Tirana)

MWL Fier in cooperation with the Peace Corps Fier volunteer, organized three days of a summer camp with young girls. Topics covered in this camp were: the Fight against Human Trafficking, Leadership and Communication Skills as well as mental health, stress and depression. These were particularly related to young people. During these activities, the girls also engaged in various energizing games or in cooking delicious biscuits. The girls had 3 days of intensive interaction with each other. This activity made it possible to discover most valuable information about them through these socializing activities. They expressed the desire to have more similar activities especially during the summer vacation period. 12 young girls participated in this summer camp.