Albanian officials train on how to address trafficking in persons through a victim-centered approach

12-14 October 2022, Durrës, Albania: Trafficking in persons (TIP) is an ever-evolving threat for society that requires a steady investment in knowledge, skills and cooperation to end the impunity of traffickers and provide adequate victim-centered and trauma-informed investigation, prosecution and adjudication of TIP cases.

In line with this goal, UNODC in cooperation with the School of Magistrates of Albania and support from the Academy of Security organized a three-day multidisciplinary training aimed at increasing the capacities of anti-trafficking practitioners in identification, prosecution and investigation of TIP cases through a victim-centered approach.

The training addressed the main challenges in the country identified through a previously conducted review and analysis of 13 TIP cases from the last five years in Albania. The analysis was conducted by UNODC with stakeholders’ engagement and validated by the relevant expert practitioners in Albania in order to secure buy-in and propose recommendations for proactive solutions to remedy gaps and challenges in fighting TIP.

A total of 29 participants from the anti-trafficking police, prosecutors, judges, Academy of Security, School of Magistrates, service providers for victims of trafficking and child protection representatives improved their skills in addressing TIP through a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach by working with real cases over the course of three days.

The training is part of the UNODC project UN.Locking Impunity of Traffickers and Supporting Justice for Victims of Trafficking in Persons in Southeastern Europe funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP).

This activity contributes to SDG 16, particularly Target 16.2 to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.