General Director of CRCA/ECPAT Albania & CRCA Kosova
Altin Hazizaj is among the people who established the Children's Human Rights Centre of Albania (CRCA Albania) in 1997. Since 2002 he is the General Director of the organisation, giving a significant contribution for protection and advancement of children and youth rights in Albania. CRCA Albania is one of the major child and youth organisations in Albania, that works for policy and legislative improvement related to children and youth rights, capacity building for the Albanian government, research and advocacy on children and youth rights and provisions of services for the children most in need. CRCA Albania is funded by UNICEF, UNWomen, European Union, Olof Palme International Center / SIDA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands, Global Campaign for Education etc. More info on CRCA can be read on www.crca.al
In 2013, CRCA led the process for the establishment of the Human Rights House of Albania, a major network working for the advancement of children, youth, women, minorities and LGBT rights. He is a PhD candidate of Law School of Tirana University, while he has LLM and MA degrees in Law and European Studies.
Altin Hazizaj is one of the people that led the efforts for the improvement of LGBT rights in Albania, by supporting the establishment of an LGBT group at CRCA that later would become PINK Embassy / LGBT PRO Albania, now the leading organisation that promotes equality, respect and dignity for every LGBT person in the country. He is one of the legal experts that wrote and defended the approval of the Law against Discrimination in Albania, which was approved by the Albanian Parliament on February 2010 and that for the very first time in the history of the country it gave protection from discrimination the LGBT community. More info on PINK Embassy can be read at www.pinkembassy.al
Altin Hazizaj is the author and co-author of many studies and reports relevant to children and youth rights in Albania, such as: "Vicious Circle", "Forgotten Children", "Awaiting Trial", "Youth Employment Opportunities in Albania", "Albania: The Alternative Report on the Rights of the Child", CEDAW Alternative Report-Albania and "Nobody to Care" etc.
Altin Hazizaj, graduated in 1995 from the Law School of University of Tirana with excellent results, and is dedicated to protecting human rights since 1993, contributing as a staff and consultant in many well-known organizations in Albania and abroad such as: Albanian Helsinki Committee, Center for Population and Development, the Albanian Human Rights Group, Albanian Civil Society Foundation, Save the Children Kosovo, ILO Turin, World Vision Kosovo, UNICEF Kosovo, UNDP, UN Women, Council of Europe etc. In 2005 he facilitated the establishment of the Albanian Coalition for Promotion of Women and Youth in Politics together with women MP’s, women NGO’s, political forums of youth and women etc.
From 1993 to 1999, Altin Hazizaj worked as a journalist for political and social departments of major newspapers in Albania: "Koha Jone", "Gazeta Shqiptare", "Dita Informacion", "PO"; Magazine "KLAN", including being a news anchor at the National Television "KLAN" during the Kosovo war. His writings and reports have been included in a variety of national and international publications on issues such as: child abuse, administration of juvenile justice, children in conflict with the law, street children, working children, children's rights in Albania, etc.
He has been an expert in several policy documents and member of working groups of the Albanian Government for the preparation of the National Strategy for Children in Albania, National Strategy for Youth in Albania, the National Human Rights Reports etc.
Head of the Finance Office
CRCA / ECPAT Albania
Miranda Coha was born in Gramsh on August 4, 1978. She completed her higher studies at the Faculty of Economics, University of Tirana (1997-2001). From 2001 to 2016 he worked in the business sector in the position of Chief Financial Officer.
Since February 2017 she heads the Finance Office of CRCA/ECPAT Albania.
Her areas of interest are: economics, financial planning and human resource management.
Albanian Coalition for Education (ACE)
Linda Pino graduated in 2005 at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, University "Fan Stilian Noli" Korça. She continued her studies at the "Alma Mater Studiorum", University of Bologna, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Relations and in September 2010 she obtained the master’s degree in European Union Policies.
During her stay in Italy, she contributed to advocating for the rights of migrant children and their integration in the society. During 2001-2004 she was a volunteer for CRCA and then she was appointed at the position of Local Coordinator for the region of Korça in the implementation of the program "Stop Child Labor in Albania".
In October 2013, Linda joined the Albanian Coalition for Education of Children and since then she hold the position of National Coordinator. ACE is the largest and most important network of civil society organizations in Albania, which have joined forces and advocate for the fulfilment of children and youth rights to quality, equitable and inclusive education for all.
Linda has participated in various national and international meetings and trainings on human rights. She has represented Albania in the regional meeting at UNESCO on drafting a roadmap for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4 in Europe. As an expert on education policies and legislation, Linda has been an expert and collaborator in the preparation of various publications in the field of pre-university education in Albania.
National Youth Coordinator, CRCA/ECPAT Albania
Case Manager, BARNAHUS Albania
Klaudio Pulaha was born in Korça on 1 February 1990. He completed his studies at the University of Tirana, Bachelor of Social Work (2008-2011) and Master of Science in Social Policy (2011-2013). At the end of the two academic cycles, he was assessed and certified as a student of excellence.
In November 2013 he started working at CRCA as Assistant Coordinator of the program: "Every Roma Child in Kindergarten". During 2014-2015, then he has continued in the position of the Coordinator of the Tirana Youth Leadership, Program Manager at CRCA Albania for the program "Tirana: My City - My Voice", Manager of Tirana Youth Leadership and National Youth Network in Albania – ANYN, Project Coordinator for the Albanian Coalition for Education – ACE, supported by Global Campaign for Education, Case Manager at the Free Legal Aid Office for Children and Youth in Albania, Program Manager at CRCA Albania for the program “Champions for Youth Rights” etc.
During his work, he also worked as a Case Manager for the National Child Helpline ALO 116-111 and Case Manager at the 1st National Center for Protection of Children and Youth from Sexual Abuse – BARNAHUS Albania. Currently he holds the position of Youth Rights Officer at CRCA/ECPAT Albania and at the same time National Youth Coordinator of the National Youth Network in Albania - ANYN.
Pulaha, also is Lecturer at the Department of Social Work and Social Policy at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana. He is the the author and co-author of several National Studies and Reports on Youth and Children in Albania, as well as of the National Action Plan for Youth in Albania (2015-2020), the Local Action Plan for Youth in the Municipality of Tirana (2017-2020) etc.
Program Manager & Child Protection Officer, CRCA/ECPAT Albania
National Centre for the Reintegration of Juveniles in Conflict with the Law
President, Albanian National Youth Network (ANYN)
Ervjola Osmanaj is born in Bajram Curri, on the 25 August 1990. She completed her studies at the European University of Tirana with a Bachelor Degree in Political Science (2009-2012) and later she received her Scientific Master Degree on Political Theory (2012-2014) as well as in 2015 she completed a postgraduate study for International Relations and Diplomacy.
Since 2015 she is actively engaged in the civil society, working for human rights, mainly focused on children and youth rights. In 2016 she joined CRCA/ECPAT Albania. where she worked as a Program Coordinator and later as a Program Manager in several initiatives for the protection of children’s rights as well as child participation.
In the same year she was elected as the General Secretary of the Albanian National Youth Network (ANYN). Since 2018 to present she holds the position of the President of the Albanian National Youth Network (ANYN).
During all these years Ervjola has been active in several youth initiatives such as: the establishment of the Alliance of Youth Counselor of the Municipality of Tirana as well as of the National Student Alliance. She was engaged in the drafting of some of the most important strategic documents for young people at local and national level, such as: the National Action Plan for Youth 2015-2020, Youth Resolution in the Albanian Parliament and Local Action Plan for Youth in the Municipality of Tirana. On behalf of ANYN she has participated in several conferences, meetings and seminar in several countries of the Region and Europe.
Since 2019 till now she is working as a Program Manager of the program “Hope for Children and Youth in Conflict with the Law” as well as she is the Child Protection Officer at CRCA/ECPAT Albania.
Her areas of interest are human rights, child and youth rights, advocacy and politics.