Our Staff

Edel McGinley

Director

Edel McGinley has worked with the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland since 2006. In her time here she has coordinated the Justice for the Undocumented Campaign and held responsibility for MRCI's communications. She is the current chair of PICUM (the Platform for the International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants) and a board member of Uplift, a multi-issue campaigning organisation. She is also a member of the Low Pay Commission since 2015. Edel previously coordinated two Equality for Women initiatives, including developing the Domestic Workers Action Group, and work with migrant women in rural Ireland. Before joining MRCI, Edel worked in various social care and youth work positions. She has a BA in Applied Social Studies, an MA in Globalisation, and Diplomas in Youth and Community Work and Digital Media Technology.

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Sancha Magat

Drop-In Centre Coordinator

Sancha Aurora Magat is from the Philippines and has lived in Ireland since 1999. Prior to joining the MRCI, she was engaged as a pastoral care worker supporting asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers in accessing adult education. Sancha coordinates MRCI's Drop-In Centre, providing information on rights and entitlements to migrant workers and their families, and advocating on their behalf with service providers and government departments. Sancha also engages with organisations around the country to build referral relationships and ensure that the needs of migrant workers and their families are met. Sancha holds a Masters Degree in Management: Community and Voluntary Services at All Hallows College, Dublin.

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Gráinne O’Toole

Workplace Rights Coordinator

Gráinne O’Toole has a community development and legal background and has been involved in the community sector for over 15 years, working with a variety of organisations concerned with communities experiencing racism, discrimination, poverty and inequalities. Key to this work has been supporting communities to tackle the key human rights issues they face. Her work has focused in particular on ethnic minority groups and women, including Travellers, asylum seekers, one parent families and migrant workers.

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Pablo Rojas Coppari

Policy and Research Officer

Pablo Rojas Coppari has been working with the MRCI since February 2008. He holds a BA in Applied Languages and a MA in International Development and Intercultural Studies from the University of Lille III, France. Prior to joining the MRCI, Pablo undertook research and casework for former unaccompanied minors seeking asylum with the Dutch Refugee Council, and worked on research projects on Language and Cultural Issues of Ethnic Minorities across Europe for the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany.

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Helen Lowry

Community Work Coordinator

Helen has worked in the MRCI for over 11 years, supporting the development of its community work model aimed at building leadership and empowering migrants to take collective action for a more just and equal Ireland. She graduated in Youth and Community Work from Maynooth University and has a Masters in Applied Social Studies.  She has coordinated several leadership development courses, including the first course in Community Work aimed at migrants in Ireland. She has worked on numerous social justice and equality campaigns and is currently coordinating MRCI’s Justice for the Undocumented (JFU) campaign with the JFU core leaders group.  Helen is an active member of Community Work Ireland and is a current board member of the European Network Against Racism Ireland (ENAR). She contributes as an occasional lecturer in community work theory and practice in NUIM and has a particular interest in the role values and power analysis play in critical community work praxis.

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