Standard Operating Procedures for the Protection of Victims of Trafficking and Potential Victims of Trafficking, hereinafter the Procedures, are drafted to implement the Strategy for the Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings and its Plan of Action (a dopted with DCM No. 814 dated 26. 11. 2014) as well as the Plan of Action for the socio-economic reintegration of women and girls, victims of trafficking (adopted with DCM No. 115, dated 17.2.2016). Their main purpose is the protection, including identification at theappropriate time and manner, of victims/potential victims of trafficking, adults or children, Albanian or foreigner citizens or stateless persons, for all kinds of exploitation, domestic or international trafficking, related or not to organized crime.
Procedures envision situations in which our country, Albania, or certain areas of the country, are used or may be used as countries of origin, transit and destination for the movement and exploitation of victims/potential victims of trafficking, A lbanian or foreigner citizens or stateless persons, as well as situations in which victims/potential victims of trafficking of Albanian citizenship, or assumed Albanian citizenship find themselves outside the territory of the Republic of Albania.
The Procedures envision specialised sectorial and cross-cutting/ multi-disciplinary intervention. Their application is an obligation of all state institutions, at the national and local level, working in the country or on state mission abroad. Action in accordance with these procedures is also an obligation for all non-state agencies operating in the territory of the Republic of Albania. At any moment in which they, in the course of their activity, come into contact with a person that they may suspect of being trafficked or be informed to be a victim/potential victim of trafficking, they should immediately contact and consult the Responsible Authority. They also presume cooperation with the counterpart structures in other countries.