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.

This month was particularly focused on returnee victims of trafficking. Through this website and other means, contacts were made with Imelda Poole to seek help to protect victims on their return to Albania.  Always in these cases , help is sought from the CEO of the shelter for trafficked victims run by Different and Equal. The response has always been immediate and very thorough.  We are eternally grateful for this rapid response to a cry for help from the carers of victims who have been trafficked outside their country of origin. Theses women have been made so vulnerable at the hands of their torturers and need specialised support at the point when a government is requesting them to leave the country of destination .  We know that Albanian girls are now the highest percentage of trafficked victims in the shelters across the UK.

Also at this time a group of representatives from the American Embassy and other agencies came to look at our mutual roles in the fields of trafficking in human persons and immigration issues.  The key workers connected to Mary Ward Loreto formed a round table for this meeting and these included the manager of The Little Angels Roma Project, the CEO of Different and Equal, the Manager of Mary Ward’s Women and the President of Mary Ward Loreto. The exchange of ideas was useful for all of us and we hope to continue this dialogue.