Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Questions (1210)

Mick Barry

Question:

1210. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice the additional practical supports for victims of human trafficking that will be in place by the end of quarter 1 of 2021 as promised in the 2021 action plan of her Department under section goal 1, action and objective 17.2; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14263/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Government is fully committed to addressing human trafficking in all forms, including through the provision of supports for victims of human trafficking, by educating the public to recognise the signs of trafficking and by continuing to work with our international partners in all relevant forums.  My Department has committed substantial funding to NGOs working to combat human trafficking.  The details are set out in the tables below.

Among the priority actions that will be taken to ensure victims of trafficking are identified, protected, and provided with all the supports needed is the creation of a new wider National Referral Mechanism to protect and promote the human rights of trafficking victims The supports available under the NRM include accommodation, medical care, care planning, legal advice and aid, immigration permission, police services, employment and vocational training, translation and interpretation services and voluntary return home. I will be bringing my proposals for a new NRM to Government in April.

My Department is also working with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Ireland on a Cultural Mediation project.  The project will build the capacity of State professionals who work with/for migrants, to identify and address the needs of (potential) victims of gender based violence and trafficking more effectively and to provide culturally sensitive support to them. It will also allow victims of gender based violence and trafficking better access information and effectively engage with support and referral services and will promote a culturally sensitive approach to victims, through the use of cultural mediators.

TABLES

 Core Funding

  €

 Ruhama including COVID

 €609,868

 Ruhama Exit   Pathways                                   

 €27,620

 MRCI 

 €83,500

 IOM Cultural Mediation Service   Project II          

 €250,000

 Dormant Account Funding

 

 IOM

 €30,000

Awareness Raising/Frontline Training

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

€28,754 to develop information resources and training on awareness of Human   Trafficking for labour exploitation

Immigrant Council of Ireland

€35,000 for development and delivery of introductory and advanced online training   modules on awareness raising of human trafficking in Ireland

MECPATHS

€20,398 for development and delivery of online education and awareness raising of   human trafficking in Ireland to frontline professionals and students within the hospitality and services sectors and now for the aviation sector

DORAS

€23,552  for development and delivery of training and information resources on awareness raising of human trafficking aimed at frontline staff and volunteers to build capacity