IVLP: Engaging Government Entities to Support Victims of Human Trafficking (Albania)
February 25 - February 28
Albania’s shelters for victims of trafficking are very good at their core mission – caring for victims and helping them re-enter society. Nevertheless, they face challenges when trying to persuade the government to support their efforts. Key ministries are under pressure to respond to a variety of needs in addition to anti-trafficking and are often hard pressed to communicate with each other on anti-trafficking priorities. Albania’s shelter directors need to know how to get their government’s attention. They would therefore benefit from exposure to U.S. civil society’s best practices in engaging with different agencies in and levels of government to care for trafficking victims. This single-country program on U.S. anti-trafficking enforcement, awareness raising, and cooperative efforts among multiple layers of government and civil society would enable the directors of Albania’s shelters to broaden their capacity to shape Albanian government policy into alignment with Embassy goals. The program will include discussion of methods for engaging the executive (including health and human services, law enforcement, and prosecution authorities) and legislative branches of government at the national and municipal level would bolster Albania’s efforts to become a U.S. partner on transnational issues, a key Embassy goal.
IVLP meetings are closed to the public. If you would like to get involved with an upcoming group, please call the VCWA: 802-861-2343 x5