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.
- 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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On 29th of September at Don Bosko Centre in Tirana, 40 youngsters from Puka and Lushnja celebrated their first success on the journey to becoming leaders. They were provided with certificates which testify their commitment to the project activities including:
- Six Human Development trainings: Job search, Human Anti-trafficking, Communication Skills, Mental and Emotional Health, Different and Equal and Learning Entrepreneurship;
- Vocational Training Course;
- Work Experience;
- Voluntary Activities;
- Social and Recreational Group Activity;
On this day MWL Foundation organized an event to say a huge thank you to them for the trust that they have shown in themselves and through their commitment to the MWL Youth Program. This event was characterized by joy and enthusiasm which was the most important achievement for these youngsters when 12 months before they had no idea what to do with their lives. Now they are writing their stories of hope, joy and freedom. On this happy moment day MWL President, Imelda Poole, MWL Youth Project manager Gazmir Memaj, Head of Mobile Unit of Regional Directorate of Public Vocational Training, Arben Sinoimeri and 2 key workers in Lushnje and Puka, Shahin Petritaj and Ilirjan Lleshi were present and delivered the certificates. These youngsters are now ready to fly, 50% are employed already and they are changing their communities.
MWL Foundation has now concluded the process of creating a Safeguarding Policy to cover working with all children, beneficiaries, staff, all visitors and collaborators who come to our centres throughout the year. MWL staff was involved in this process, sharing their ideas, experiences and issues, and their contribution has aided the development of this policy.
The first training included a one day introduction to the topic for all leaders of Foundations in Albania and their protection officers. This day was sponsored by our European donors and led by ECPAT. It was held on September 5th. The following day the same ECPAT team led an introductory day regarding safeguard and protection with all the MWL staff. On Wednesday, September 20th, a training on Safeguarding and Protection was led by the lawyer employed by MWL and the main consultant for the writing of the MWL Protection document. This was with all MWL staff and was held to introduce and explain the content of the draft document already produced and to update this document with the ideas and suggestions from each member. This training day was a continuation of the first training led by ECPAT.
At this last training day for the staff of MWL, the first session was led by Egla Muzaka, a lawyer, who explained Safeguarding Policies from a legal point of view, followed by discussion and an open forum. The participants asked questions related to their daily work and they raised many issues in relation to this document and the law and the management of concrete cases according to the Albanian legislation.
The next part was an introduction to the Safeguarding Policy – Content & Guidelines, and was led by Fatmir Gjoni, the consultant for MWL. He explained the secure framework for MWL employees, as well as for all other people with whom we work. This is a safeguard promoting the welfare of those families, children, young and vulnerable people who receive our services and support. There was also an awareness process for the staff in order to understand each of their roles and responsibilities, and to ensure appropriate actions are taken in respect of the Safeguarding Policy.
Workshop on safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, September 6th, 2017, “Majestic Hotel”, Durrës.
On 6th of September, a workshop was organised with Mary Ward Loreto staff on the topic “Safeguarding of Children and vulnerable adults”. The first session was led by Mersila Ballo, CRCA, Albania. She shared with us the protection policies for children and adults in vulnerable situations. The second session was led by Astrid Winkler, ECPAT Austria. We had the pleasure to welcome to this day our main European donors.
The aim of this workshop was to help MWL Foundation to write and to know the processes for the Safeguarding implementation plan. Safeguarding is about protecting certain people/groups of children and vulnerable adults. These people may be at risk of abuse or neglect due to the actions or lack of actions of another person or also from institutions/ authorities. The Safeguarding policy is important for the protection of children/vulnerable people, organization staff, visitors and associates, the organization and its reputation.
During the workshop, the MWL staff worked in groups on MWL safeguarding needs, concrete suggestions were made and the safeguarding implementation plan for MWL was supported with a strong framework.