Natasa Medjedovic is one of the founding members and the executive of SOS Hotline for Women and Children Niksic, founded 1998. Over the past 20 years she has become one of the major women’s right activists in Montenegro and she is recognized as leader in combating domestic violence on local and national level. She created and coordinated a number of programs, but the major are: Center for Roma Women and Children, Establishing Shelter for Women Survivors of Gender Based Violence, National Helpline for Domestic Violence, Improving Access to Life With No Violence for Women Survivors in Central and Northern Montenegro. Additionally she served as a member of a number of working groups for creating of national policy against DV. For 4 years she was a Board member of WAVE Network (European Women against Violence Network) and she currently serves as delegate for Montenegro in Advisory Committee of WAVE for Montenegro.
Maja Varoshlija has 20 years of experience in the field of THB. She has been working in Open Gate/La Strada since its establishment (2000). She is graduated social worker and holds a master degree in Social work and Social policy. Working on a position - Social assistance manager she is responsible for creation of social assistance program of Open Gate, management of the shelter for trafficked persons and implementation of reintegration program for assistance. Participating on different working group for creation of relevant national documents related to fight against trafficking in human beings. Among other accomplishments she was a member of the national implementation team for “Development of Trans-national Referral Mechanism for trafficked persons in South-Eastern Europe; Part of the working group for creation of Standard Operating Procedures for treatment of victims of trafficking (SOP) adopted by the government; Trainer to professionals for implementation of SOP on national level and National Consultant for Development of Secondary Legislation on Victim Assistance Facilities – state shelter.
Valbona Çitaku is Executive Director of the NGO “Shpresa dhe Shtepite e Femijeve”. Ms. Citaku is a trained psychologist with 19 years of experience working in the child protection field. She was a member of the Board for Adoption and Foster Care in the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and has worked with UNICEF and authored many reports and documents within her field, including the “Minimum Standards of Care for Victims of Trafficking”.
Currently she is appointment as new member of the Crime Victim Compensation Commission.
Serije Pepa is graduated at History-Philology Faculty, English branch in 1983 in Tirana. She has been working as an English teacher for 13 years, and then she has worked as a social worker in different Organizations. Since 2004 and ongoing she is a member staff of “Different & Equal” Organization, an Organization that offers a full package of reintegration services for victims of trafficking and their children including residential and community services. Her main position has been a case manager, lately she works as an Administrator of a Social Cause Club, which is an informal environment dedicated to survivors of trafficking and domestic violence. This common environment serves as a resource center where information is provided and a variety of activities are carried out.
Working with victims of trafficking is a very challenging work but changing the other’s life is something that fills you spiritually.
Terre des hommes, Albania in the framework of the project" Improving provision of services and awareness to combat traffciking in Persons in the Balkans, Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo" funded by the U.S Department of State through the J/TIP program is organizing the regional webinar that will take place on May 6, at 10:00.
The purpose of the webinar is to share the positive practices and challenges on case management of potential victims of trafficking and victims of trafficking by service providers in the region under COVID-19 crisis.
The organizations that will share their experience in this regional webinar are:
- Different and Equal, Albania
- Children's hope and homes, Kosovo
- Open Gate/La strada, North Macedonia
- Sos Hotline for Women and Children Niksic, Montengro
For those of you will be accessing zoom for the firs time , please open the link 10 minutes before the webinar starts so that your computer can download the zoom app.
The webinars are hosted on ZOOM and require downloading the Zoom app on a laptop/desktop or a mobile device.
For more information please visit Tdh Albania page on facebook.