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17 February 2024
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UNICEF/ALBANIA/2024

The Government of Albania, as part of the newly adopted Victim Protection Strategy, has, for the first time, committed to organizing a dedicated awareness week for the protection of crime victims (15-22 February). With UNICEF support the Minister of Justice brought the campaign to Lezha. With the financial support of the US Government, BPRM  funds, UNICEF and its implementing partner "Today for the Future" are helping justice and care authorities in Lezha and Shkodra to establish a child-friendly justice system that addresses the cases of children who are victims and witnesses of crime, or those in conflict with the law. The focus on protecting victims of crime presents an opportunity to enhance public understanding of the support particularly children and women require to overcome stigma, access justice and services, and successfully integrate or reintegrate into society safely. The awareness week endeavors to draw attention to and underscore the importance for all public authorities, ranging from law enforcement and judicial bodies to care and welfare sectors, to adopt a victim-centered, gender-sensitive, and inter-agency collaborative approach in handling such cases. This initiative also aims to inform citizens about the existence of the first Victims of Crime Protection Strategy 2024-2030.

The Minister of Justice, Ulsi Manja affirmed that prioritizing child-friendly and victim-centered justice is a crucial objective for the country. He urged local public authorities, civil society, and communities to unite in national endeavors towards fostering a safer, more inclusive, and peaceful society.

In his remarks, UNICEF Representative in Albania, Murat Sahin, extended gratitude to the Ministry of Justice for spearheading the initiative and stressed the significance of inter-agency and cross-disciplinary collaboration, especially concerning victims of crime, particularly children.

To promote child and youth involvement during this awareness week, a theater play was performed by a group of young artists specializing in social theater and various community members contributed to a mural paining dedicated to protection of the victims of crime.

UNICEF and the Community Centre “Today for the Future” will continue to support the Ministry of Justice, and the public authorities operating in Lezha and Shkodra to advance equitable access to justice for every child in the country, particularly those who are victims of trafficking, violence, abuse and exploitation.

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