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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On January 11th Mary ward Loreto celebrated the fifth Anniversary of the Foundation in Albania.

Don. Marjan Lumci was invited to celebrate in the morning for all those who wished to come.  Together we expressed our thanksgiving for the work and mission of the past five years.

Throughout the day the MWL staff gathered for training and to prepare the rest of the year’s events.  In the evening we celebrated with much fun and laughter during a meal followed by singing and dancing. It was a great day.

Thanks again to everybody who stayed close to us throughout these five years.











“A book that needs to be taken very seriously” — Philip North —Bishop of Burnley.

“Challenging lessons for the modern church” — Michael Turnbull —Bishop of Durham, (1994-2003).

These are just a sample of the commendations on the recent publication Mission From Below – Growing a Kingdom Community, by Dr. Janet Hodgson and Stephen Conway (foreword), about two servant leaders, (Loreto Sisters, Imelda Poole, RENATE President and Philippa Green ) and the way in which they transformed the lives of those living in one of the most socially deprived communities in the north east of England.

Working alongside the members of the local communities, they helped people confront numerous injustices and  improve their lives, giving expression to the power of what can be achieved from the ground up, to secure Kingdom growth.

Book Details Format: Paperback (128 pages) Publisher: Sacristy Press Date of Publication: 15th January 2018 ISBN: 978-1-910519-77-6

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Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.


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.


Goal and Objective of the seminar:

The aim of the seminar was to strengthen co-operation between criminal justice authorities and relevant public and private actors in order to address irregular migration-related crimes in South-Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on prevention, prosecution, international and cross-border co-operation and assistance to victims.

The objective of this seminar was to identify gaps, challenges and good practices, as well as to strengthen information sharing networks between countries of origin, transit and destination using a multidisciplinary approach, paying also attention to the issue of vulnerability of migrants.


The target audience of this meeting was senior experts and practitioners from relevant bodies of the criminal justice systems (judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, police liaison officers), central authorities and non-governmental organizations dealing with migration and cases of trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants from participating States and Partners for Co-operation, as well as from OSCE field operations and relevant international organizations.

There were present:

19 states represented by central authorities and criminal justice system bodies.

11 International organizations and NGOs including MWL.

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