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.

Different & Equal (D&E) held a wonderful concert on Tuesday night, 30 January 2018,  at the Orthodox Cathedral conference centre, Tirana, Albania. The evening was entirely dedicated to the issue of Human Trafficking, with approximately 400 people present.

Six of the country’s most famous ‘pop’ singers headlined the event.  In between all the songs the singers read stories of trafficked victims. It was very moving.

President Meta attended and spoke at the end, as did a member of Parliament. They both committed themselves to work tirelessly to rid Albania of human trafficking.

RENATE members Mariana Meshi, Director of Different & Equal and Syri Pepa, social worker at D& E, spoke enthusiastically about the success of the event and its capacity to have a wider audience reach to youth, who are especially vulnerable to Human Trafficking and Exploitation. D&E work in partnership with Mary Ward Loreto in Albania on the Albanian network against human trafficking in Albania called URAT and for many grassroots pieces of work concerning the rescue and rehabilitation of the Albanian victims of trafficking.

Prepared by Imelda Poole, President, RENATE.