UNICEF and UK Embassy jointly launch economic re-integration program to help people affected by trafficking in Albania
TIRANA, 29th July 2020 – The launching of the economic re-integration program for Victims and Potential Victims of Trafficking in Albania marks the occasion of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – 30 July 2020, an important day to put forward the immense work that is being done worldwide to address and support issues related to Human Trafficking.
This year’s theme focuses on the first line responders to human trafficking, the people that have chosen to tirelessly work to attend the needs of the victims and to offer them comfort in times of distress. We are humbled by the assistance provided to PVoTs and VoTs in Albania by the professionals involved with the Human Trafficking programme and we witness that humanity is not lost despite the challenges that are continuously imposed on us, including the latest, COVID-19.
Victims and Potential Victims of Trafficking – majority of whom being young children, youth and women – continue to experience multiple forms of abuse, exploitation, violence and stigma, often by those whom they entrusted their fate. Such scars are toughest to heal and the road to normalcy often goes hand-in-hand with economic re-integration and stability – UNICEF’s new initiative, supported by the UK Government, to help people in Albania affected by trafficking.
“The current economic crisis highlights the need for urgent actions to protect vulnerable populations, especially women, children, and youth. On the eve of the World Day Against Trafficking, we are launching an important program on economic re-integration that might serve as a lifesaver for a few hundred people who need our help the most.” said Dr. Roberto De Bernardi. UNICEF Representative in Albania.
COVID-19 crisis exacerbated all pre-pandemic vulnerabilities; however, its economic impact is still to be lived through. UNICEF as the coalition lead, which implements the UK Government supported anti-trafficking program in Albania, launches today a specific and tailored economic re-integration program for survivors of trafficking and those at high risk of it. The initiative will be rolled out from September 2020 and will cover 6 regions (Tirana, Shkoder, Kukes, Diber, Vlora and Elbasan). The program is aiming to:
- Support the provision of soft skills and life skills necessary for successful employment and self-employment;
- Create opportunities for people to learn about information and communications technologies (ICTs);
- Roll-out Vocational Training in Public Vocational Training Centres/Career counselling and most importantly support with seed funding opportunities for employment and self-employment.
H.E. Duncan Norman MBE, British Ambassador to Albania in his greeting remarks says: “Defeating modern slavery will not happen immediately. But there is a chance to truly make a difference and each one of us has a role to play.
On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, we share our appreciation for the first responders working on the frontlines to end human trafficking by identifying, supporting, counselling & seeking justice for victims of forced labour, human trafficking and modern slavery.
We need to come together to share information and best practice and to strengthen bilateral engagement on these issues. It is through cooperation like this between countries that we can grip this issue and eventually stamp out slavery once and for all.”
In this endeavour, UNICEF Albania partnered with the local business organization “Key Adviser” ltd, which will deliver the services and implement the program in all 6 target areas. The initiative aims to reach around 225 people who will directly benefit from the program.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/albania.