• Young people in Albania: in poverty, unemployed and ready to leave the country!

    The National Report "Youth in Albania 2019" raises serious concerns on the ability of the Government to tackle youth issues

    Tirana, 6 November 2019 - CRCA/ECPAT Albania, the Albanian National Youth Network - ANYN and Child and Youth Policy Hub, with the support of the Albanian Coalition for Education-ACE, presented today the findings of the National Report “Youth in Albania 2019 ". This is the 2nd year that the report...
  • The Youth Resource Centre opens in Albania

    After 23 years of working with youth, CRCA / ECPAT Albania and its partners finally bring to Albania the model of a national youth empowerment resource centre!

    Tirana, 10 November 2019 - This morning, in the presence of over 100 young people from all over Albania, MPs, representatives of authorities and organizations, opened the doors of the Youth Resource Centre in Albania (YRCA), a network of youth services, information, informal education, counselling...
  • Child and Youth Advocacy Centre established in Albania!

    The Centre will provide integrated services for children and youth victims of sexual violence and abuse!

    Tirana, 23 October 2019 - This morning CRCA/ECPAT Albania officially launched the Albanian Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (ACA) as an environment that brings together social care, counselling and legal protection for children and adolescents who have survived sexual violence. "Today we are...
  • UN approves new protocol to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation

    ECPAT International proposes new guidelines that improve global efforts to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation

    The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child announced the adoption of a new protocol to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. For almost 20 years, there has been a legal instrument in the United States protecting children from all forms of exploitation, trafficking, prostitution and...
  • Draft Law on Youth puts under the dictate of the Government, Youth in Albania!

    CRCA/ECPAT Albania: Parliament has lost the opponents to draft laws with quality, participation and for the benefit of citizens!

    Tirana, 15 October 2019 - CRCA / ECPAT Albania, through this open public call, urges all members of the Albanian Parliament to not adopt the new Youth Draft-Law, which even after it was reworked from the Legal Commission of the Parliament, still remains one of the weakest drafts in the history of...

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By March 1997 Albania was in total turmoil and people had taken to arms across the country in protest against the corruption, an authoritarian government and lack of a functioning state. Seven years after the people had overthrown the communist regime from power, the country was still far from living in a democratic state, where human rights of all are respected.

Children were among the most affected from the violence and unrest that followed. Media reports claim that more than 150 children were killed accidentally by bullets and other types of ammunitions. It is under such a background that a dedicated group of lawyers, doctors and journalists, with a extensive working experience on human rights, decided to come together to establish Children’s Human Rights Centre of Albania (CRCA). This year we commemorate our 20thanniversary as one of the leading human rights organisations in the country and the Western Balkans.

20 years is quite a short and long time in the history of CSO’s in the Balkans, where there has never been a well-established civil society. Such an oxymoron can explain the works of almost every organisation working for children, youth and human rights in Albania and Balkans. Lacking democratic values, a strong education system, political elites and geo-political realities made Albania a “perfect” country for political experiments, which still today continue to affect the rights and the welfare of our citizens.

Much has happened to our organisation during this period too. One of the largest achievements of our work and so many other CSO’s, colleagues and friends, public institutions and donors, has been the great advancement of children and youth rights, despite that the country still faces the same challenges that faced in 1997...


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