Uniting Britain and 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.

Mary Ward Loreto has been part of a programme developed by ICITAP who arranged a training on Sex Crimes Investigation in the USA for a group of representatives of Albanian State Police, a social worker, and a psychologist. Arveda Baholli, a MWL social worker of MWL Women Advice Centre Tirana, attended the training in the USA..

Arveda Baholli was part of the expert team who developed a folliw up course to this training in the USA, to be used in Albania on a “Victim-Centered Multi-Agency Approach to the Investigation and Management of Sex Crime”. This course was  offered at the Albanian State Police Security Academy, sharing the knowledge and good practices with police students – future police officers.

The topics covered by MWL social worker were “the role of the social worker in addressing the victim’s needs and supporting the police work” and “social services for victims of sexual assault”. On the last day of the course, a short session on “Stress Management” was presented by the MWL social worker and another psychologist of the group.

An English police representative was part of the team as well, who introduced the British Police methodology. This training course had an inter-institutional approach, focusing on the victim, management, and investigation of sex crimes. The outline of the two sessions included presentations, group discussions, and small group planning.

During the 5-day course, all trainers gave positive inputs and showed a willingness to achieve best practices. According to evaluation of the training, it was found to be very helpful and valuable for the daily work of the investigators.

MWL is grateful to ICITAP for this wonderful opportunity. It has created a huge opportunity for develop.ent of the MWL social worker but also for the development of the mission itself in the field and in collaboration with the Albanian State police.


8th Annual International Symposium on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling, Tuesday 17th April 2018, in Brussels.

The 8th Annual International Symposium on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling took place in Brussels. Four members of RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation) attended this event and the President of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation/ RENATE, Imelda Poole (IBVM), representing Albania.

The delegates of this Annual International Symposium:

Explored how to build effective multi-agency cooperation to ensure the conviction of perpetrators

Considered ways to safeguard victims by strengthening victim support

Took part in interactive discussions with key stakeholders and shared best practice in the protection of trafficking victims

Examined how to better identify, protect and support victims of sexual exploitation through the delivery of a person-centred safeguarding system

Shared ideas on and transfered current knowledge on available training and education for frontline staff to ensure that they are qualified to identify and assess victims of trafficking

Evaluated the importance of partnership working and discussed how best to implement effective multi-sector collaboration;

The trafficking in human beings has, over the last decade, increased significantly. According to the International Labour Organisation, in 2012 there were 20.9 million people were victims of forced labour and sexual exploitation in the world. In the period 2013-14 EU countries reported 15,846 victims of human trafficking, 76% of which were women and girls according to a European Commission report. It is estimated that two out of three registered victims (67%) were trafficked for sexual exploitation, 21% for other types of forced labour and 12% for other types of exploitation. Please click here for more.


RENATE Training on “Trafficking and Trauma: Care for Victims and Preventive Care for Carers”.

Mary Ward Loreto attended the RENATE Europe annual training on “Trafficking and Trauma: Care for Victims and Preventive Care for Carers”. This training took place at the Palloti Haus Conference Centre in Freising, Germany, on April 30th – May 4th 2018. There were 34 participants from different countries of Europe, who work directly with victims of sexual exploitation.

It was a very fruitful training in terms of raising professional capacity to support a victim of trafficking, which is part of the mission and practice of MWL, as well as exchanging good practices.

We were given warm hospitality and care at Palloti Haus, welcomed by Sr. Mabel Marioti who moderated this activity for the whole week; Sr. Imelda Poole, president of RENATE welcomed and gave a background to this initiative of the RENATE Foundation. Ivonne Van De Kar introduced us to the programme and logistics for the week.

Important information and practice on Psychotraumatology and Focused Trauma Therapy were given by Mrs. Joana Terzieva and Dr. Ingeborg Kraus, who have much experience working with victims of sexual exploitation. “Care for the Carers” topic aimed to provide skills to improve the health and wellbeing of carers at work, highlighting that we need to consider our own needs as well as the needs of those with whom we are working, in order to be effective and helpful.

It was a very rich learning week that combined theoretical information on the topic and practical cases with the point of view of a law enforcement approach, a spiritual approach, prayer and reflection, a visit to SOLWODI shelter for victims of human trafficking, in Augsburg, and socializing and sightseeing with the group.