Albania needs better institutional collaboration and community-led activities to combat human trafficking
Tirana 22 June, 2020 - The Office of the National Anti-trafficking Coordinator together with UNICEF Albania, organized a high-level coordination meeting with Tirana Regional Anti-trafficking Committee. The UNICEF led multi-stakeholder programme aims to transform and improve the national response to human trafficking in and from Albania. The specific interventions are focused in four regions of Tirana, Shkodra, Dibra and Kukes and the members of the Regional Anti-Trafficking Committees (KRAT) are playing a key duty-bearers in this process.
In her address, Deputy Minister of Interior and National Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Ms. Rovena Voda highlighted the need for better coordination of joint response to trafficking problem in Albania. Present at the meeting, the Prefect of Tirana Mrs. Suzana Jahollari stressed the importance of community-led activities as the most efficient prevention tool to combat trafficking. ‘Institutional collaboration is a legal obligation’ - she concluded.
Other senior officials that addressed the meeting included the UK Ambassador to Albania, His Excellency Mr. Duncan Norman and the UNICEF Representative in Albania, Dr. Roberto De Bernardi.
Since January 2020, UNICEF in Albania in close cooperation with the programme partners, namely: OSCE Presence in Albania, Terre des Homme Albania, Vatra, Te ndryshem dhe te Barabarte and Tjeter Vizion, have managed to provide tailored-made support to 117 Potential Victims of Trafficking/ Victims of Trafficking in Albania (41 adults, 76 children). However, there is still much to be done for better identification and referral of potential victims of trafficking at the local level, and preventive work for youth and vulnerable groups.
Other meetings with Regional Anti-trafficking Committees in Shkodra, Kukes and Dibra will be taking place during upcoming weeks.
The program is financially supported by the Modern Slavery Fund of the UK Government.
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