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.

Training of school psychologists on Human Anti Trafficking

Tackling human anti-trafficking continues to be one of the main priorities of MWL. In this framework, in order to build up the awareness of staff who deal with the education of the younger generation, a training was organized with the school psychologists of the Lezha region on April 12, 2016. Some school directors and vice school directors of the most problematic high schools, where trafficked victims have been identified, attended the training as well.  The participants were from Lezha, Mirdita and Kurbin district and 18 of them attended the training including the person in charge of Psychological Services in the Regional Education Department of Lezha. The training was organized in collaboration with Different & Equal as a specialised partner of MWL on human anti-trafficking.

The aim of the training was that the school psychologists get to know more about this phenomenon; to get acquainted to the national and international legislation against human trafficking. Furthermore the school psychologists and the social workers were introduced to the recently approved law on the duties and responsibilities of the psychologist and social workers regarding the identification and reporting of possible cases of trafficked victims.  During the training the attendants presented the challenges which they face living in small cities where everyone knows everyone else. Even though they report the possible doubted cases, the police do not really follow rigorous investigation procedures in the cases.

This training served to set up a network. The attendees were equipped with the required reporting forms and the collaboration will be ongoing since the age groups from 14 -18 year olds with whom they work are the age group at high risk of being trafficked in Albania.