Albania cannot be indifferent to human trafficking and we have to fight together to stop this global issue. On 8 February 2017 the Church in Albania marked this International day of Prayer, reflection and action Against Human Trafficking. URAT network and the Catholic Church, in collaboration with Archbishop 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. We showed two short locally made films led by members of URAT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCQrJovtYqI
Photos of the event:
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”. To see the video and the photos please click here..
3805 people have shown an interest by visiting the UN.Gift Box.
916 people have signed a declaration against human trafficking.
“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:
Come and Join in our mission. All together we are stronger as we raise our voices to prevent trafficking in human beings.