Joint efforts to improve integration for trafficking victims
The Immigrant Council of Ireland continues to partner with Forum Refugie Cosi of France and other leading anti-trafficking organisations around Europe on an EU-funded project TRIPS: Identification of trafficked international protection beneficiaries’ special needs.
The programme of work recognises:
- International protection status does not eliminate the integration challenges for victims of human trafficking.
- Continuous attention to their special needs and integration challenges are necessary.
Following a launch meeting in Lyon in February, the Immigrant Council has focused on developing the national dimension of the project. This work is especially topical in light of the critical assessment of the overall anti-trafficking efforts in Ireland by the OSCE and the US Trafficking in Person’s report published in June.
As part of the project we held a webinar/working breakfast with experts from leading Irish civil society organisations to discuss the situation of refugees and subsidiary protection holders who have experienced human trafficking. The rich findings of these focused discussions will be analysed and incorporated in a national report on these matters, which is in progress.
For the implementation of this project, the Immigrant Council of Ireland together with the other project partners will continue to explore the special needs of beneficiaries of international protection who have been affected by trafficking. An essential part of this work is to collect and compile common and comparable information from the participating EU Member States, through discussion with expert stakeholders.
We thank our colleagues from Crosscare, Doras, Irish Refugee Council, Jesuit Refugee Service, Laois Integration Network/Dignity project, Mecpaths, Migrants Rights Centre of Ireland, Ruhama and Sexual Violence Centre Cork. We are looking forward to working with all civil society organisations who support victims of trafficking and work to support their integration.
This project is co-funded by the European Commission