The Immigrant Council of Ireland provides legal services to victims of sex trafficking
In order to support civil society organizations (CSOs) in their activities to fight human trafficking, UN.GIFT established a Small Grants Facility which was launched on 1 March 2010. A Call for Proposals was issued inviting eligible CSOs to submit their project ideas to UN.GIFT. From over 440 received proposals, 12 projects were chosen for funding. One of the awardees is the Immigrant Council of Ireland.
The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) is an Independent Law Centre that promotes the rights of migrants and their families by providing information and support, advocacy and strategic litigation. ICI is also an organization committed to end human trafficking and to help victims of sex trafficking.
Providing Legal Services to Migrant Women Suspected Victims of Sex Trafficking in Ireland
The Immigrant Council of Ireland has launched a project to address the lack of adequate legal services for migrant women who may have become victims of human trafficking. ICI identified a need of suitable legal aid for this vulnerable population and developed this project with the following objectives:
- to deliver early legal advisory services to migrant women, in order to help them make appropriate decisions when engaging in a judiciary process.
- to develop a training module to train legal services staff about human trafficking
- to undertake an evaluation of the legal services provided to victims and asses its effectiveness.
The project also aims to cooperate with migrant women's networks, anti trafficking organisations and existing inter-agency groups to share lessons learned and to seek to have an impact on Ireland's policies regarding legal services for victims of trafficking.
The fight against human trafficking in Ireland is far from over, but ICI is making progress. By the end of 2010, the Immigrant Council of Ireland had assisted nine victims of human trafficking in the framework of this project started under UN.GIFT's Small Grants Facility .