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.

URAT Network – The United Response Against Trafficking

URAT Network in collaboration with Ministry of the Interior, the Municipality of Shengjin and Mary Ward Loreto, have organized an Awareness Raising Campaign against Human Trafficking.

“Art for Freedom” is the name of the campaign which was developed in Shengjin on July 30, 2017.

People were designing a world without trafficking and exploitation through art. Their Messages, their Paintings and their Playing of Music was proclaiming to everyone: ‘Put an end to Modern Slavery”. Children were with us playing, drawing and painting. There were also many visitors who wrote inspiring messages on the Wallpaper.

1,973 people visited the UN Gift Box in Shengjin, Lezhe. They were informed by our volunteers of the issues around Human Trafficking and also received flyers which included the helpline number and useful information on detecting and fighting trafficking in persons.

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UN.GIFT Box in Tirana – An Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign took place again this year from 30th of May to 1st of June. (09.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m.). This Campaign is in cooperation with URAT Network and Minister of Interior.

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.

UN.GIFT Box awareness campaign in Tirana finished Yesterday, on 1st of June, having received the youngest audience in its history, while in Albania. Focusing on the  Children’s Day celebrations was also a Flash Mob Dance organized by “Different & Equal”, part of the URAT Network. The atmosphere around the Box was filled with notes against trafficking and boys and girls wearing T-shirts holding the referral phone number.

In these three days, the Box was visited by 100+ youngsters, mostly high-school and middle school children. This was in honor of all disappeared and trafficked children. Mary Ward Loreto and URAT was represented in the morning, on National Television, by Sara Çapaliku, MWL Youth Trainer. She introduced the work and the public awareness initiatives against Trafficking in Human Persons.

 

 

Albania cannot be indifferent to human trafficking and we have to fight together to stop this global issue. On 8 February 2017 the Church in Albania marked this International day of Prayer, reflection and action Against Human Trafficking. URAT network and the Catholic Church, in collaboration with Archbishop George Frendo OP, organized a special prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Tirana.

We prayed together for the victims of trafficking, we made calls to stop this action and lit the candles for the victims. We showed two short locally made films led by members of URAT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCQrJovtYqI

Photos of the event:

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The Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and National Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Persons, Elona Gjebrea, welcomed this initiative and urged all citizens to call on the help line Number: 116 006  to report any concern about trafficking in persons, or to  report in the “Raporto! Shpeto” which can be downloaded from Google Play. URAT network has been the organizers of this campaign in Albania in collaboration with the Albanian Ministry of the Interior and STOP THE TRAFFIK, UK. All participants signed a symbolic statement “Say No to Trafficking”. To see the video and the photos please click here..

Until now: 

3805 people have shown an interest by visiting the UN.Gift Box.

916 people have signed a declaration against human trafficking.

“UN Gift Box” Campaign in Albania comes as a collaboration between various NGOs and Religious Congregations and individuals. They are united in the common fight against trafficking in Albania. Mary Ward Loreto, is orientated towards creating a bridge of cooperation and communication between organizations against trafficking, including victims and the services offered to them, with a view to increasing awareness over the issue. The UN GIFT BOX campaign, is an Albanian version of an initiative of “Stop the Traffik” and “United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking.” This project increases public awareness on the issue of human trafficking and its consequences through a box-shaped object, placed in the street and accessible to all. On the outside of the “UN Gift Box” are written phrases used by traffickers to make their offers more attractive, while the interior of the box shows the reality that accompanies these promises. Since 2012, this project has been successfully implemented in 6 countries and has affected an audience of 55,000 people. To maximize the impact of the project, the “UN Gift box”, with dimensions 225x225cm, will move through four cities of Albania in Durres, Saranda, Shkodra, ending up in Tirana, on October 18 (“European Day against Trafficking in Human Beings”). On this date we will be closing the Gift Box campaign in Tirana and concluding with a Film Festival at one of the venues in this city.

We will collaborate closely with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, with the municipalities of these cities, as well as various organizations and volunteers. Mrs. Elona Gjebrea, the Deputy Minister of the Interior, will be present at the opening on 30st of July at 10.00 a.m.  in Durres and closing of the campaign in Tirana in October.

Below are the dates when the campaigns will take place in each city:

  • From 26th of July to 2nd of August in Durres;
  • From 3rd – 10th of September in Saranda;
  • From 1st -8th of October in Shkodra;
  • From 15th – 22nd of October in Tirana;

Come and Join in our mission. All together we are stronger as we raise our voices to prevent trafficking in human beings.