CRS in Albania
In the early 1990s, Albania emerged from decades of brutal communist dictatorship that left the country impoverished and isolated from the international community. In the years since, much progress has been made in establishing democratic governance structures and developing economically.
While countries across Southeastern Europe have made significant progress over the past decade to combat trafficking in human beings, Albania continues to suffer from this scourge. In addition to being a source country for both transnational sex trafficking and forced labor, there have been signs of increased domestic trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation and begging. An estimated 120,000 women and children are trafficked through the Balkans annually, with Albania being a major route. And yet, in 2012, only 92 victims were identified by law enforcement personnel in Albania.
People served: 5,156
Size: 11,100 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Maryland
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October 28, 2015
Coming to the Aid of Refugees One Patient at a Time
Catholic Relief Services doctor Katarina Mitrovic of Serbia talks about what it’s like to respond to the European refugee crisis.
October 19, 2015
Experience, Expertise and Emergency Response: Help and Hope for People in Crisis
Catholic Relief Services is currently responding to emergencies in more than 18 countries on four continents. Our most recent responses are to Typhoon Koppu in the Philippines , to Hurricane Patricia in Mexico and to...
September 16, 2015
CRS Staffer Describes the Plight of Refugees in Europe
CRS' Dino Mujanovic, program manager in Serbia, describes what he's seeing on the front lines of the crisis.
July 16, 2015
Human Trafficking in Albania: Hiding in Plain Sight
It's a problem that's hidden in plain sight. On street corners in Albania, children are begging for money. But the money goes to adults. The children are victims of human trafficking. "They are hidden from view. You don...
CRS' History in Albania
Catholic Relief Services resumed working in Albania in 2014 after an 8-year absence from the country. The primary objective is to work with Caritas Albania to build the capacity of the Government of Albania to implement its action plan to fight human trafficking. In 2015, at least 820 people will be benefiting from this project.
In early 2015, Southern Albania experienced historic floods that damaged houses and livelihoods of 15,000 people. CRS helped Caritas Albania to provide immediate humanitarian relief to the most vulnerable, flood-affected families.