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 Leadership’s Group, in the framework of their commitment towards social responsibility in their community, have successfully accomplished two of the activities from their “Social Actions Agenda”. The idea of this Agenda is to engage the future community leaders in a step-by-step, “learning-by- doing” process of taking initiatives to improve life around them, with little actions, but big in their hearts.The first one took place on March 17, 2017 and consisted in organizing an afternoon dedicated to the entertainment of children in the community, through the animation of Leadership Group members. A group of 4 members was in charge of leading this event, sharing responsibilities with the rest of the group. This idea came as a result of identifying the lack of activities which would encourage the bringing together of children from two different villages. The purpose of this day was to have a good time together in a creative space, where they could release their positive energy and share their artistic talents. The activity was characterised by lots of dynamism, colourful theme paintings, young energy, fun group games, music, dancing and socialising. It was the first “test” and it was very successfully handled by the Group. The second round of action was the implementation of one of the sub-groups’ idea. This time the Leadership Group focused their efforts on identifying a family living within their community, in poor conditions and to collect food and clothing for them. On the 21st of April, with the help of the Church in Lagje Mirdita, the contributions of the community and the Group members themselves, managed to gather 6 bags filled with food supplies, socks and underwear for the family. The identification process had taken place during a two week period before finding the supplies. The aim of it was finalised last Friday, in one of the most vulnerable areas outside Durres, known as the area of “Keneta”. It is called so because it is built over and around an existing marsh. It was a very moving event for the Group and an inspirational gesture for their whole community, taking into account the daily troubles and struggles they continuously have to fight with.
On Monday, the 6th of March 2017, our Mary Ward visitor, Mary Agnes, assisted in a “Communication Skills” training for the youth of Fier, hosted at “Janaq Kilica” Highschool. The training of youth on this topic is part of the Human Development Training Program developed by Mary Ward Loreto Youth in 15 areas of the country.
Fier is proclaimed to be one of the main sources of traffickers and victims of Human Trafficking, which makes it a priority destination of our field work. 50+ pupils of the High school received information on different types of communication, social media, its impacts, etc., emphasizing the continuous need to improve their inner-communication skills.
Through many group dynamics and games, they were also introduced to techniques which they can apply themselves, to enhance their communication and be aware of possible conflicts it might cause. Mary Agnes stayed with us throughout the day and learnt more about our grass-roots work and about our targeted youth. This meeting was followed by her visit to Lushnje, where she was introduced to the MWL Focus Group. This short visit enabled her direct contact with the terrain and with the youngsters, their problems and the opportunities given to them as part of MWL Youth project.