Ireland’s response to trafficking in human beings has developed rapidly in recent years. A special Anti-Human Trafficking Unit was established in the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform in February 2008 with a mandate to develop and implement a national anti-trafficking strategy. In June 2008, Ireland introduced specific anti-trafficking legislation in the form of the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008.
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), 2008, 62 pages
Immigrant Council of Ireland
2012 – 2014 (24 months)
Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS),Cyprus; Gender Research Foundation, Bulgaria; Klaipeda social and psychological services centre, Latvia; MONIKA- Multicultural Women's Association, Finland
Objectives and results
International Trade Union Confederation, Belgium
2012 – 2015 (36 months)
Partners and Co-beneficiaries
€ 152 000 (€ 102 000 of EU support)
December 2004 — November 2006
Association La Strada, Czech Republic; APAV (Association for Victim Support), Portugal; Migrants Rights Centre, Ireland
Objectives and results
There are direct contacts between An Garda Síochána and the UK Serious Crime Agency Ireland also actively engages in activities of international organisations responsible for border control and preventing trafficking in human beings including Frontex, Europol, Eurojust and Interpol, together with co-operation with the relevant countries.
The Irish government has not established a National Rapporteur.
Ireland has only recently established many new structures for its anti-trafficking work and the creation of a National Rapporteur is not considered at this stage. However, it will be subject to review at the time of implementation of the new EU Directive on Human Trafficking. The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, established in 2008, of the Department of Justice, Equality, and Law Reform has the overall responsibility for coordinating anti-trafficking policies in Ireland.
Department of Justice and Equality
The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit
51 Stephen's Green East, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353.1 6028879
The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)
of An Garda Síochána (Irish Police)
13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 666 9130/01