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.

Month: October 2016

Regional Anti-Trafficking Campaigns, Lezha, Albania, 18th of October 2016

On Oct 18, 2016 Mary Ward Loreto in collaboration with the Municipality of Lezhe, the Directory of Social Services and Education Department, organised an awareness-raising activity with women, youngsters and local institutions. The Deputy Mayor emphasised the fact that we should pay more attention to the fight against human trafficking and not only the cultivation and smuggling of narcotics, which is becoming a real concern for Albania and for the Albanian youth.

The representatives from the prefecture mentioned that Lezha is paying special attention to addressing the trafficking cases by providing support to them. The Referral system is functioning well in Lezha region but sometimes the cases of trafficked people from the Roma community, are very complex.

Mary Ward Loreto is becoming a key Foundation in the area, focusing on awareness-raising activities. The Foundation also provides concrete support to the women in need through vocational training and economical initiatives. This is a significant means of prevention against human trafficking.

About two hundred people joined the march which took place in Lezha Main Street where the youngsters distributed leaflets and talked to the pedestrians about human trafficking.

Regional Anti-Trafficking Campaign, Tropoja, Albania, 24th of October 2016

This activity is going to be repeated in the area of Tropoja (East North of Albania) on the 24th of October. In this activity the children of the secondary school “Ali Podrimja” will present an art exhibition in the city hall based on the topic of combating human trafficking.

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National Anti-Trafficking Conference, Tiranë, Albania, 18th of October 2016

To mark the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, October 18, 2016, the Albanian Ministry of Internal Affairs in collaboration with the OSCE, hosted the National Conference on Anti-trafficking in Persons, at Tirana International Hotel. The conference lasted one hour and it consisted of brief presentations of the work of each partner institution with the Ministry, as well as a testimony of a trafficking survivor.

Media and people from public institutions and civil society were invited. Organisations such as Save the Children, UN Women, and Mary Ward Loreto were specifically mentioned by the panel, as being very productive collaborators and serious contributors in combating Human Trafficking.

List of speakers:

  • Ms. Elona Gjebrea, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs/ Anti-Trafficking National Coordinator, Albania.
  • Mr. Bernd Borchardt, Head of OSCE Presence in Albania
  • Mr. David Muniz, Deputy Ambassador of U.S Embassy in Albania
  • Dr. Joel Flimore, Human Trafficking survivor, Prof. Ass. Southern New Hampshire University, U.S.A

A Report on the Implementation of the Strategy of Combating Trafficking in Human Beings 2014-2017, was distributed to the audience. A brochure was also distributed which reflected the data on the present trafficking situation in Albania and the role of the partners in identifying victims and prosecuting criminals. These were the two main points of emphasis at the conference, identified as the current greatest challenges to combating human trafficking in Albania.


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MWL and RENATE were invited to avail of an opportunity to participate in the Regional Training Programmes offered by the ERSTE FOUNDATION, during the period 2016/2017.

Professor Michael Meyer, the Vienna University of Economics and Business, facilitated the first course in Sarajevo on the 6th and 7th of October. The course focused on Leadership and Teams. Two members of MWL staff and two members of RENATE were amongst the seventeen course participants from different organisations in Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Romania, Serbia and the UK.

In contemporary times, the popular understanding of leadership is that of leading in and with teams. The theories of leader as ‘lone wolf’ or ‘great person,’ are long outdated. The focus now is on social processes within teams. Leaders will continuously have to prove themselves within teams and be prepared for the dynamics of such teams.

Meanwhile, leadership behaviour and its impact on organisational success has a prominent position within theoretical and empirical management research. However, there is not only a considerable gap between ‘knowing and doing,’ but there is also a deep gap between academic logic and common sense. Both of these gaps should be bridged.

The main topics of this course were separated into four sessions:

Session 1: Team Work & Group Dynamics

  • Attractiveness of Teams
  • Constituent Elements of Groups
  • Group performance and individual performance

Session 2: Problem Solving

  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • The Logic of Successful Decisions

Session 3: Leadership Theories

  • Consistency and Commitment
  • Power
  • Authority

This short course was well organised, with role-play and very practical exercises.

Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

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To mark the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, October 18, 2016 Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Interior, Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE) and United Response Against Trafficking (URAT), was pleased to present a film festival focused on human trafficking. The festival took place at the Cultural Centre of Orthodox Church in the center of Tirana and lasted two hour.

Those who participated in this Festival were our collaborators, partners, beneficiaries, volunteers, students and representatives from the Ministry of Interior.

Four films were shown during the evening, and all of these films as indicated below, reflected the work against human trafficking in which we are all engaged:

“Called To Give Voice to the Voiceless”- RENATE

“Two Little Girls” – ALBANIA ACPD

“Passport” – Mary Ward Loreto

“UN.Gift Box – Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign in Albania”- URAT Network





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