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.

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.