Who We Are 

 

URAT – The United Response Against Trafficking.

URAT works to coordinate anti-trafficking efforts between agencies, organizations, and individuals. It has become more important for those working against trafficking to increase coordination. URAT strives to promote human dignity and create a strong network of resources for those involved in anti-trafficking efforts and the victims of trafficking.

Our Objectives

Work in partnerships to mobilize statutory and non-statutory actors to reduce human trafficking in Albania.
Reduce the vulnerability of potential victims and reduce the odds for exploitation.
Promote efficiency in the fight to maintain human rights and to counteract the effects of trafficking.

 

 Please click here to read URAT Leaflet…..

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The United Response Against Trafficking


Events and Action

 

UN.GIFT Box in Tirana – An Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign took place again this year from 30th of May to 1st of June.

UN.GIFT Box in Tirana – An Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign took place again this year from 30th of May to 1st of June. (09.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m.). This Campaign is in cooperation with URAT Network and Minister of Interior.

The purpose of this activity is to raise awareness to the Albanian population about the dangers of Human Trafficking and to help vulnerable communities to protect themselves from the traffickers and to understand better the ways in which survivors of trafficking are helped to re-integrate into society.

UN.GIFT Box awareness campaign in Tirana finished Yesterday, on 1st of June, having received the youngest audience in its history, while in Albania. Focusing on the  Children’s Day celebrations was also a Flash Mob Dance organized by “Different & Equal”, part of the URAT Network. The atmosphere around the Box was filled with notes against trafficking and boys and girls wearing T-shirts holding the referral phone number.

In these three days, the Box was visited by 100+ youngsters, mostly high-school and middle school children. This was in honor of all disappeared and trafficked children. Mary Ward Loreto and URAT was represented in the morning, on National Television, by Sara Çapaliku, MWL Youth Trainer. She introduced the work and the public awareness initiatives against Trafficking in Human Persons.

 
   
     

UN.GIFT Box Campaign, Albania, 2016 Final Report

What is the UN GIFT Box

The UN GIFT Box campaign is an anti-human trafficking campaign that uses public art to raise awareness about human trafficking and its victims. UN GIFT Boxes are large boxes (about 2 meters on a side and 2 meters tall). On the outside, the box looks like a present and includes phrases and ideas commonly used by traffickers to recruit victims. On the inside the walls of the box are decorated with the true stories of trafficking victims and information about how visitors can help combat human trafficking…  Please click here to read the report


https://youtu.be/heDfaSC4Bfg

Launching Event of the “UN.Gift” Box Campaign in Tirana- An Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign.

The launching event started with the march in front of the Prime Minister office, at 10.00. a.m., and then moving towards the “UN Gift” box situated in the “Deshmoret e Kombit” Boulevard, in front of “Parku Rinia”, in Taivan gardens, at 11.00, for the official opening of the campaign.

In the event were present the Minister of Interior Mr. Saimir Tahiri, Deputy Ministry of Interior Ms. Elona Gjebrea, Prefecture of Tirana Mr. Sadi Vorpsi, Deputy. Minister for Education and Science Ms. Nora Malaj, organizations part of network URAT and other invited.

The purpose of this activity is to raise awareness to the Albanian population about the dangers of Human Trafficking and to help vulnerable communities to protect themselves from the traffickers and to understand better the ways in which survivors of trafficking are helped to re-integrate into society. Please click here to see the pictures of the event.


Video and Pictures during the opening event of UN.Gift Box campaign in Durrës.

The Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and National Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Persons, Elona Gjebrea, welcomed this initiative and urged all citizens to call on the help line Number: 116 006  to report any concern about trafficking in persons, or to  report in the “Raporto! Shpeto” which can be downloaded from Google Play. URAT network has been the organizers of this campaign in Albania in collaboration with the Albanian Ministry of the Interior and STOP THE TRAFFIK, UK. All participants signed a symbolic statement “Say No to Trafficking”.

Until now: 

3805 people have shown an interest by visiting the UN.Gift Box.

916 people have signed a declaration against human trafficking.

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“UN.Gift Box” Anti Human Trafficking Campaign in Durres

United Response Against Trafficking(URAT) is a network involving several NGOs, and Religious Congregations. The NGOs are Peace Corps, Different and Equal, SHKEJ, IRCA and Mary Ward Loreto. The Religious Congregations are: Good Shepherd, Company of Mary, Little Sisters of Jesus and IBVM(Loreto). This network has been the organisers of the UN Gift Box Campaign in Albania in collaboration with the Albanian Ministry of the Interior and STOP THE TRAFFIK, UK.

Pictures from UN.GIFT Box in Durres (at the Municipality), from the first four hours of its opening this campaign has reach out to many people. Come and join us in this exciting event! We’ll be there until the 2nd of August. The official Launching Day will be on July 30th at 10:00 am.‪#‎stophumantrafficking‬ ‪#‎ungiftboxalbania‬.

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“UN.Gift Box” Anti Human Trafficking Campaign in Albania

13737642_1051378974945720_8379571798288315374_o“UN.Gift Box” Campaign in Albania comes as a collaboration between various NGOs and Religious Congregations and individuals. They are united in the common fight against trafficking in Albania. Mary Ward Loreto, is orientated towards creating a bridge of cooperation and communication between organizations against trafficking, including victims and the services offered to them, with a view to increasing awareness over the issue. The UN GIFT BOX campaign, is an Albanian version of an initiative of “Stop the Traffik” and “United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking.” This project increases public awareness on the issue of human trafficking and its consequences through a box-shaped object, placed in the street and accessible to all. On the outside of the “UN Gift Box” are written phrases used by traffickers to make their offers more attractive, while the interior of the box shows the reality that accompanies these promises. Since 2012, this project has been successfully implemented in 6 countries and has affected an audience of 55,000 people. To maximize the impact of the project, the “UN Gift box”, with dimensions 225x225cm, will move through four cities of Albania in Durres, Saranda, Shkodra, ending up in Tirana, on October 18 (“European Day against Trafficking in Human Beings”). On this date we will be closing the Gift Box campaign in Tirana and concluding with a Film Festival at one of the venues in this city.

We will collaborate closely with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, with the municipalities of these cities, as well as various organizations and volunteers. Mrs. Elona Gjebrea, the Deputy Minister of the Interior, will be present at the opening on 30st of July at 10.00 a.m.  in Durres and closing of the campaign in Tirana in October.

Below are the dates when the campaigns will take place in each city:

  • From 26th of July to 2nd of August in Durres;
  • From 3rd – 10th of September in Saranda;
  • From 1st -8th of October in Shkodra;
  • From 15th – 22nd of October in Tirana;

Come and Join in our mission. All together we are stronger as we raise our voices to prevent trafficking in human beings.


Events in Union with the International day of Prayer Against trafficking

Albania cannot be indifferent to human trafficking and we have to fight together to stop this global issue. The primary objective of the International Day is to create greater awareness about this phenomenon and to reflect on the overall situation of violence and injustice that affect so many people who have no voice, do not count, and are no one: they are simply slaves.

At this special time our eyes focus on those who proclaim freedom. This message invites us to contemplate the reality of millions of our brothers and sisters who are exploited and trafficked and have no freedom. Our hearts are touched when we hear the dreams and desires for a peaceful life, a dignified life, a life in abundance. Our ears listen to stories of hope and mercy. This is the story of Giuseppina Bakhita. During this time, we carry St Bakhita in our heart and thoughts. She is the Patron Saint of the kidnapped and trafficked people.

On 7 February 2016 the Church in Albania marked this International day of Prayer, reflection and action Against Human Trafficking. URAT network which includes Mary Ward Loreto Foundation and the Catholic Church, in collaboration with Bishop George Frendo OP, organized a special prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Tirana.

We prayed together for the victims of trafficking, we made calls to stop this action and lit the candles for the victims of trafficking. We showed a fotonovele with the history of St Bahkita. During the service we formed a circle forming a chain, hand in hand, showing solidarity and standing together in our faith. It is together that we are able to beat this phenomenon. At the end of the event we gave to everyone, a prayer card against trafficking.

Please find below pictures of this activity:

Please find below all the activities of the other events that have been organized in many other cities during this special week. Bakhita Week Events in MWL Women areas.

The List of activities that took place:

Prayers:

A prayer against human trafficking at the Church of Kallmet on Feb 7th, 2016.
A prayer at the Cathedral of Lezha on Feb 7th, 2016.
A prayer day in Shendelli on February 14th 2016

Information sessions:

A training session took place in Barbulloje with the support of Sisters of Barbulloje on Feb 9th, 2016;
Training session on February 10th in Fier with the involvement of the religious of the area;
A training session took place in Hot i Ri on February 11th;

Raising awareness:

A raising awareness activity with the collaboration of the religious in Tropoja involving 4 villages (Raja, Dushaj, Cernica and Zona B) on February 25th;

Below you will see a fotonovele with the history of St Bahkita.


“UN.Gift Box” Anti Human Trafficking Campaign in Albania

 

UN.GIFT Box in Tirana – An Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign took place again this year from 30th of May to 1st of June.

UN.GIFT Box in Tirana – An Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign took place again this year from 30th of May to 1st of June. (09.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m.). This Campaign is in cooperation with URAT Network and Minister of Interior.

The purpose of this activity is to raise awareness to the Albanian population about the dangers of Human Trafficking and to help vulnerable communities to protect themselves from the traffickers and to understand better the ways in which survivors of trafficking are helped to re-integrate into society.

UN.GIFT Box awareness campaign in Tirana finished Yesterday, on 1st of June, having received the youngest audience in its history, while in Albania. Focusing on the  Children’s Day celebrations was also a Flash Mob Dance organized by “Different & Equal”, part of the URAT Network. The atmosphere around the Box was filled with notes against trafficking and boys and girls wearing T-shirts holding the referral phone number.

In these three days, the Box was visited by 100+ youngsters, mostly high-school and middle school children. This was in honor of all disappeared and trafficked children. Mary Ward Loreto and URAT was represented in the morning, on National Television, by Sara Çapaliku, MWL Youth Trainer. She introduced the work and the public awareness initiatives against Trafficking in Human Persons.

 
   
     

 


UN.GIFT Box Campaign, Albania, 2016 Final Report

What is the UN GIFT Box

The UN GIFT Box campaign is an anti-human trafficking campaign that uses public art to raise awareness about human trafficking and its victims. UN GIFT Boxes are large boxes (about 2 meters on a side and 2 meters tall). On the outside, the box looks like a present and includes phrases and ideas commonly used by traffickers to recruit victims. On the inside the walls of the box are decorated with the true stories of trafficking victims and information about how visitors can help combat human trafficking…  Please click here to read the report


https://youtu.be/heDfaSC4Bfg

 

Launching Event of the “UN.Gift” Box Campaign in Tirana- An Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign.

The launching event started with the march in front of the Prime Minister office, at 10.00. a.m., and then moving towards the “UN Gift” box situated in the “Deshmoret e Kombit” Boulevard, in front of “Parku Rinia”, in Taivan gardens, at 11.00, for the official opening of the campaign.

In the event were present the Minister of Interior Mr. Saimir Tahiri, Deputy Ministry of Interior Ms. Elona Gjebrea, Prefecture of Tirana Mr. Sadi Vorpsi, Deputy. Minister for Education and Science Ms. Nora Malaj, organizations part of network URAT and other invited.

The purpose of this activity is to raise awareness to the Albanian population about the dangers of Human Trafficking and to help vulnerable communities to protect themselves from the traffickers and to understand better the ways in which survivors of trafficking are helped to re-integrate into society.

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Now, the UN.GIFT Box Campaign in Saranda.

UN.GIFT Box (Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking) is a campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking. So far, many locals and tourists have shown interest to visit it and many stories were shared with the volunteers. For those of you in Saranda, be sure to visit the GIFT Box. It will be soon in Shkodra and Tirana. Below you will find the pictures from the campaign: #AntiHumanTrafficking #RaisingAwarenes #UnGiftBox #Albania #Saranda#UnitedResponseAgainstTrafficking #Volunteers #Member

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Video and Pictures during the opening event of UN.Gift Box campaign in Durrës.

The Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and National Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Persons, Elona Gjebrea, welcomed this initiative and urged all citizens to call on the help line Number: 116 006  to report any concern about trafficking in persons, or to  report in the “Raporto! Shpeto” which can be downloaded from Google Play. URAT network has been the organizers of this campaign in Albania in collaboration with the Albanian Ministry of the Interior and STOP THE TRAFFIK, UK. All participants signed a symbolic statement “Say No to Trafficking”.

Until now: 

3805 people have shown an interest by visiting the UN.Gift Box.

916 people have signed a declaration against human trafficking.

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IMG_5125

IMG_5162
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IMG_5204 IMG_5185 IMG_5248

“UN.Gift Box” Anti Human Trafficking Campaign in Albania

13737642_1051378974945720_8379571798288315374_o“UN.Gift Box” Campaign in Albania comes as a collaboration between various NGOs and Religious Congregations and individuals. They are united in the common fight against trafficking in Albania. Mary Ward Loreto, is orientated towards creating a bridge of cooperation and communication between organizations against trafficking, including victims and the services offered to them, with a view to increasing awareness over the issue. The UN GIFT BOX campaign, is an Albanian version of an initiative of “Stop the Traffik” and “United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking.” This project increases public awareness on the issue of human trafficking and its consequences through a box-shaped object, placed in the street and accessible to all. On the outside of the “UN Gift Box” are written phrases used by traffickers to make their offers more attractive, while the interior of the box shows the reality that accompanies these promises. Since 2012, this project has been successfully implemented in 6 countries and has affected an audience of 55,000 people. To maximize the impact of the project, the “UN Gift box”, with dimensions 225x225cm, will move through four cities of Albania in Durres, Saranda, Shkodra, ending up in Tirana, on October 18 (“European Day against Trafficking in Human Beings”). On this date we will be closing the Gift Box campaign in Tirana and concluding with a Film Festival at one of the venues in this city.

We will collaborate closely with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, with the municipalities of these cities, as well as various organizations and volunteers. Mrs. Elona Gjebrea, the Deputy Minister of the Interior, will be present at the opening on 30st of July at 10.00 a.m.  in Durres and closing of the campaign in Tirana in October.

Below are the dates when the campaigns will take place in each city:

  • From 26th of July to 2nd of August in Durres;
  • From 3rd – 10th of September in Saranda;
  • From 1st -8th of October in Shkodra;
  • From 15th – 22nd of October in Tirana;

Come and Join in our mission. All together we are stronger as we raise our voices to prevent trafficking in human beings.