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.

On the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30th of July 2018, the URAT network together with the office of the National Coordinator for Combatting Human Trafficking  and Bridges, a network of organisations dedicated to the fight against trafficking in human beings, brought the UN Giftbox to Albania, for the 3rd year running. The UN Giftbox is a global initiative of the United Nations in the fight against human trafficking.

The campaign took place at Lancua, in Vlora, with the participation of Minister Rovena Voda, National Co-ordinator of the fight against trafficking. Also present were Mr. Artemis Dralo, Deputy Prime Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, as well as representatives of the URAT network, local anti-trafficking institutions and national and international organisations.

The Giftbox information was translated into Albanian language by the URAT network in Albania, in order to expose fraudulent promises used by traffickers of human beings, as well as exposing the inhumane conditions of trafficking and its consequences. A unique and eye-catching feature of the campaign is the life-sized Giftbox itself, which effectively draws attention and informs the public.

The overall purpose of the campaign is to sensitize people to the risks of trafficking, help vulnerable communities protect themselves from traffickers, and help survivors of trafficking receive the necessary information for re-integration into society.

The Giftbox campaign ran for three days in Vlora, from July 30th to August 1st from 18:00-23:00 daily. On the second day of the Campaign,  two victims of human trafficking were rescued thanks to the direct work of #vatra and 873 people signed the statement #thuajjotrafikimit#Joinedaproach#Bashkemundemi #unitedresponseagainsttrafficking

Overall, this year’s campaign was another fantastic success, thanks to the collaboration and cooperation of each of the agencies who work so hard together toward achieving the common goal of combatting human trafficking and exploitation.

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To mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30th of July, Mary Ward Loreto Women’s Project which operate in Lezha city, and State Regional Directory staff of Social Services joined together in an awareness raising activity against Trafficking in Persons.

During this campaign, we shared information about this phenomenon, with parents, children, and Roma community where the exploitation of children is the biggest concern.

No one, alone can stop this international crime, neither the police, nor the state structures if the communities do not cooperate and collaborate; therefore, we consider it crucial that all actors should come together against this terrible crime. Together we can fight and stop Human Trafficking.

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Ten young people were involved by distributing information leaflets on the risk of trafficking and exploitation and increasing people’s awareness of the numbers to call to report to the state police in the case of identifying a potential victim of trafficking or exploitation.

The young people were very engaged in this campaign, very responsive in communication with the people, and received many congratulations from them for this initiative.

Act Now and Report /Request Help:

Helpline: 116 006

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The Friends of Mary Ward spent a day of retreat on June 25th in Laç at the church of St. Anthony of Padua.

We had the chance to attend Mass together, explore the grounds, and gather in community for reflection and discernment. We also discussed the future of the Friends of Mary Ward here in Albania and in communities all over the world. It was a very fruitful gathering full of inspiration and planning for the upcoming year.

Our prayers centered around an attitude of openness, gratitude, and zeal, just like Mary Ward.

We would like to thank the Franciscan Community at the Shrine of St. Anthony for their welcome and hospitality. We look forward to coming back and to what the coming year holds for the Friends of Mary Ward.

 

“Serve God with great love and liberty of mind.”(Mary Ward).

This year, 6 of Mary Ward Friends in Albania went on Retreat in Rome. For some of us, it was our first time in Rome and was such a great and new experience. The group was very culturally diverse, being from countries all over the world, but all were members of the Mary Ward community.

We have shared and learned about the life of Mary Ward; her written letters, her history, her painted life, her lectures. What made it more realistic was visiting the place where Mary Ward had her clear vision of Never Being Alone in her struggle to found this new and daring congregation for women. It was inspiring being where she stayed and prayed and where she met with the key people who would stay close to her cause.

We felt as if we were back in time and as if Mary Ward were still alive as we walked and lived with her.

On June 21st an Anti-Trafficking Training at Kuçova Youth Center was conducted. The 26 young people who participated in this training were informed about the phenomenon of trafficking and modern slavery.

During the training there was great interaction and the young people were really interested in the subject, participating very well in the exercises. After a great session, the students asked us to visit them again to give more training in the future.

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