Long-term reintegration of victims of trafficking

Long-term reintegration of victims of trafficking

Diana (pseudonym) became a mother for the first time at the age of 17. Her husband left her after the birth of the second child and her father forced her to marry a much older man. Her second husband exploited her for years and she became a victim of trafficking. Despite being in constant danger and enduring many sufferings, Diana found the courage to report her husband to the relevant authorities. She was placed at “Vatra” Shelter and after staying there for several months, she and her children were relocated in rental housing for a short period of time with support from Vatra. During this time, Vatra staff lobbied at the Vlora Municipality to include Diana in the Social Housing Programme. Although the process was very difficult, Diana was ultimately accepted in the program with the status of the victim of trafficking and as a single mother with two children thanks to the cooperation with the Municipal Council.

“I just wanted my children to be safe, to have a better life and with Vatra’s great support I have achieved that”, Diana says.
Today, Diana has a job and the children go to school and kindergarten. Despite the challenges she still faces, she is showing resilience in the reintegration process and is confident that she can secure a better future for herself and her children.

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