Different & Equal fights against human trafficking in Albania
In order to support civil society organizations (CSOs) in their activities to fight human trafficking, UN.GIFT established a Small Grants Facility which was launched on 1 March 2010. A Call for Proposals was issued inviting eligible CSOs to submit their project ideas to UN.GIFT. From over 440 received proposals, 12 projects were chosen for funding. One of the awardees is Different & Equal [D&E].
Different & Equal was founded by a former Albanian IOM staff in 2002. Meeting the National Strategies and Action Plan is one of D&E's main goals. Therefore the organisation offers activities that range from awareness raising and prevention campaigns to a full-range reintegration strategy for trafficking victims.
Project 'Providing Sustainable Reintegration Assistance for Albanian Victims of Trafficking and those in risk of being trafficked'
This particular project follows D&E's integrated approach to combat trafficking in human beings and support the reintegration of victims of trafficking. The main objectives are to connect the provision of quality reintegration services to Albanian victims of trafficking and to assure the sustainability of the action. D&E also contributes to the implementation of the National Strategies to combat human trafficking and to strengthening cooperation and coordination amongst different stakeholders.
The direct assistance D&E also provides under the current project consists of three steps. The first is an initial crisis intervention in the shelter of D&E followed by diverse measures to achieve a basic stabilisation of the victim's situation.
These measures include:
- medical care,
- psychological assistance,
- legal assistance,
- family mediation,
- vocational trainings,
- development of life skills and
- preparations for a job placement.
The third step of the support program is the full social inclusion of the trafficking victims.
D&E also advocates capacity building through trainings and technical support to local stakeholders such as state actors and other NGOs.
Success in anti-trafficking work
62 beneficiaries and 16 of their children have been serviced in D&E's reintegration program since 2004. Further innovative partnerships have been established to increase opportunities for job placements and to ensure legal assistance for the beneficiaries.
In addition, D&E has actively enhanced its collaboration with state and non-state institutions and different organisations, such as UN.GIFT.
For further information visit the website of Different & Equal