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 Youth Support

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Last week, MWL Youth traveled to Saranda for training sessions on raising awareness of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. The trainings were held in 2 gymnasiums in the city. The general gymnasium, “Hasan Tahsini”, has been cooperating with MWL for 4 years now. We always feel welcome in their school. The second gymnasium, “Anton Thanasi”, is at a school where one of the teachers asked for our services specifically on this topic, through the contacts on the foundation web site.  We are delighted that schools and their leaders recognize the need for raising awareness against this phenomenon for their students, whose age makes them more vulnerable to being at risk of it.

 

 

 

 

In collaboration with “La Casa Nel Cuore” social center, we conducted a different kind of training on trafficking in human beings and modern slavery.

Participants in this training were students of Social Work at the Masters level. The training was different because the students were already informed about trafficking and modern slavery; We focused most on the Albanian human trafficking situation, including the referral mechanisms in Albania, and what they can do as future social workers to identify and prevent this phenomena in our society.

This month the ANYN network has hosted two introductory meetings with the Dutch Embassy and the German Embassy.

The purpose of these meetings was to gain recognition with international diplomatic representatives of the ANYN network, the network’s goals, why it exists, activities, results achieved, and how the embassies can assist in the ANYN goal of improving the lives of Albanian youth.

After listening to the presentation by each member of the ANYN steering committee, each of the embassies offered possible cooperation space and how it could help ANYN.

The Dutch Embassy explained that its purpose is to monitor and facilitate Albania’s process of introducing European Unity. They also fund projects with different NGOs in Albania depending on their priorities.

Concretely for young people, they have been running a project in collaboration with Terres des Hommes for juveniles prisoners  .

Some of the Dutch Embassy’s priorities are:

  • tackling corruption and organised crime;
  • reforming the judiciary and civil service;
  • improving the position of minorities, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) and Roma people;
  • ensuring fundamental freedoms, such as freedom of the press;
  • strengthening the democratic party system.

For more info about grants, please click on the MATRA program link for Albania:

https://www.government.nl/topics/european-grants/dutch-fund-for-regional-partnerships-nfrp/nfrp-matra-grants-for-strengthening-democracy-and-the-rule-of-law-in-europe

Representatives of the Dutch Embassy: Ms.Egla Mitre.

Another meeting also took place with the Ambassador of the German Embassy, Ms. Susanne Schütz and head of the Culture and Press, Mr. Enrico Gunther,.

Ms. Ambassador voiced full support for the network and Mr. Gunther said that if we had concept notes for different projects, they could be sent to Mr Enrico’s contacts and will be reviewed by his department.

Enrico Gunther email : ku-1@tira.diplo.de

The next meeting with the ANYN steering committee was made for the Youth Law.

The Draft Youth Law issued by ANYN through focus groups with young people and drafted with CRCA assistance was provided to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to integrate it with the Draft Law that the MASR experts are drafting, as there are direct thoughts and needs incoming from young people. The MASR did not consider this law drafted by ANYN. ANYN will bring this draft law to the Albanian Parliament with CRCA through MP Ms. Nora Malaj.

Another issue discussed at the meeting was the vote on CRCA’s request to the parliament to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 years old. The committee, after reviewing the argument, decided not to join CRCA on this request and disagreed on reducing the age of voters to 16.

The next meeting of the Steering Committee will be on November 10th, 2018 for the drafting of the 2 year strategic plan of the network.

October is the month of awareness raising against human trafficking and modern slavery. The Youth Project of Mary Ward Loreto had an awareness session for the youth of Sejfulla Maleshova school in Kelcyre, about 4 hours away from Tirana.

Collaboration with school leaders has been ongoing for 3 years, and we enjoy our work each time we return to the school.

31 high school students from last year took part in the training. Some of them participated in this training when they were in their first year and remembered information about this phenomenon, making the training more active and dynamic for students participating for the first time. The interaction during the 1 hour training, with the information and exercises, allowed them to share their community experiences with real-life experiences of exploitation victims.

High school: Sejfulla Maleshova, Kelcyrë.

 

This is our 4th year collaborating with the Sejfullla Maleshova high school. The youngsters there are eager to learn more. This training highlighted the effects of overused social media on the wellbeing of teenagers and the high risk of becoming a victim of the human trafficking phenomenon from the lack of smart-management of social media.

35 youngsters were present in this training and were provided with techniques of how to take care when using technology and social media.

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