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In 2015, we've seen some big wins on our cases and campaigns - a landmark Supreme Court victory for Muhammad Younis, a huge award to the three domestic workers exploited by an ambassador in Dublin, a historic High Court ruling for a victim of trafficking... Each is a step towards strengthening migrant rights in Ireland, but there are many more steps to be taken. We can't do it without you.

  • Showcase your support at the 2015 Justice Gala!

    This November, our annual Justice Gala is going to be bigger and better than ever. With 350 supporters, activists and friends attending, it's an opportunity to celebrate a year of progress.

    You can be part of the celebration and support our work in the year ahead by taking an ad in our Gala Brochure. Not only will your message reach each of our 350 guests on November 14th, but we'll also make sure our 9,000 Facebook fans and 5,000 Twitter followers know how grateful we are for your support!

    Here's a really easy way to donate: https://www.idonate.ie/218_migrant-rights-centre-ireland.html OR you can make a cheque payable to Migrant Rights Centre Ireland and post it to 37 Dame Street, Dublin 2, OR make a direct transfer:

    Allied Irish Bank, 37 Upper O'Connell St., Dublin 1

    Sort code: 93-11-36

    Account No. 17766133

    IBAN No: IE58 AIBK 9311 361 7766 133

    BIC No: AIBKIE2D

    These are our suggested sponsorship levels:

    Cover features:

    Full page - back outside cover:  €1,000 (ONE ONLY)

    Full page - front or back inside cover:  €750 (TWO ONLY)

    Large ads:

    Full page: €500

    Half page:  €250

    Mini ads:

    Quarter page:  €125

    Eighth page:  €75

    Single line message (maximum of 80 characters):  €50

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Hilary at 01 524 1200  or hilary@mrci.ie.


  • Give a Gift


    Support Legal Redress

    €15
    provides one hour of language translation in a legal case


    Empower People
    €25
    ensures a domestic worker can attend meetings, get support and advocate for the rights of domestic workers


    Give Advice
    €50
    provides accurate information and advice to a vulnerable person in our Resource Centre.

    Help a Victim of Trafficking
    €100
    gives a victim of trafficking for forced labor an emergency pack, including a phone card, food vouchers and bus ticket.

    Support an Action Group
    €500
    provides leadership training for a member of MRCI’s Action or Campaign Groups.

    Support a Leader

    €1000 supports a person to participate fully in social justice work, through, mentoring, training, skill development, representational work and political lobbying.


  • Thoya’s Story

    MRCI first met Thoya a few years ago. She was a teenager when she was trafficked to Ireland for forced labour. For 3 years Thoya worked as a domestic worker in a private home under slave like conditions. Her work began at 5:30 a.m. and finished around midnight.  Some days she worked until 2:00 am. During this work she was forbidden to leave her employers home. They controlled her actions, here movements and even her communication with her family. She received no payment during this time. Eventually, a visitor to the house noticed she was in distress and contacted MRCI. MRCI took action to rescue her and liaised with the Gardaí to ensure Thoya was placed in safe accommodation.

    Today, Thoya is studying community development. She joined MRCI’s Domestic  Workers Action Group which advocates for rights, dignity, and recognition of workers employed in private homes. Through her participation in this group she gained control over her life and began to build confidence. Through training provided by MRCI she became a spokesperson for the campaign to introduce legislation to outlaw Slavery in Ireland.


  • Sami’s Story

    Sami came to MRCI’s resource centre for help. He was undocumented, homeless and working fourteen hour shifts for a fraction of the minimum wage. Sami became undocumented because his employer refused to renew his work permit, leaving Sami vulnerable, immobile and separated from family. MRCI helped Sami leave this exploitative workplace and to regularize his status. Sami got involved in the work of MRCI and joined MRCI’s ‘Bridging Visa Campaign’, which advocated for those who became undocumented through no fault of their own. A scheme was introduced in 2009 to respond to this group of people and MRCI assisted over 400 migrants to be regularized through it.Justice for the Undocumented Campaign Logo

    Sami has become a leader in the Bangladeshi community and within MRCI.  In 2009, Dublin’s Lord Mayor awarded Sami the ‘unsung hero’ award for his dedication to human rights work. Today, Sami is a Chef and MRCI assisted him to reunite with his family. Last year, he became an Irish citizen and continues to help migrants.


  • Analiza’s Story

    Analiza, a young Indian woman, came to Ireland to work as a live-in child minder for a family in Dublin. Forbidden to leave the house or speak to others and forced to work daily without holidays or rest breaks, Analiza was exploited. She was paid €50 per month and at times went hungry because her employers denied her food. Analiza reached breaking point when she was beaten. Fearing for her safety, she escaped by jumping out of her bedroom window. She was brought to the Gardai by a concerned woman and referred to MRCI. MRCI accessed safe accommodation for her, filed a case against her employers, assisted with her immigration status and work permit. Analiza joined MRCI’s Domestic Workers Action Group – a group of migrant domestic workers calling for improved conditions for women employed in private homes.

    In 2011, MRCI staff travelled to Galway to celebrate Analiza’s wedding. Analiza asked MRCI to speak on behalf of her family, who were unable to attend due to restrictive immigration policies. Recently, Analiza completed studies in childcare FETAC levels 5 and 6. Today, she is happily employed in a crèche and recently had her first child. MRCI and Analiza continue to work together to help vulnerable migrant workers across Ireland.


  • Legislative Reform
    • Undocumented Workers Scheme: Successfully campaigned for the introduction of an official government scheme, or ‘Bridging Visa' to regularize migrant workers who become undocumented through no fault of their own.

     

    • Work Permit Reform: Successfully campaigned for the government's reversal of changes in employment permit policy in 2009 that would have forced hundreds of migrant workers and their families who had settled and made Ireland home to leave, Ireland or to become undocumented.

  • Leadership & Development
    • Migrant Worker Activism: Developed a strong, grassroots base of thousands of migrant worker activists across Ireland that continues to mobilize and campaign on issues of concern.

     

    • Information, referrals and training: Provide quality information and referrals to over 5,000 migrant workers and their families annually, and trainings to community, State, An Garda Síochána, Citizens Information Centres, trade unions and others across Ireland on critical issues facing migrant workers and their families.

     

    • Public Awareness: Consistently brought issues of exploitation facing most vulnerable migrant workers into public view, highlighting practical recommendations for change.

     


  • Workers Rights
    • Improvements for mushroom workers: Worked in partnership with the trade union SIPTU to highlight exploitation in the mushroom-growing industry, to organise workers, and establish a Registered Employment Agreement to improve pay and conditions.

     

    • Code of Practice for Domestic Work: in collaboration with ICTU, lobbied for the establishment by Government of a Code of Practice for Protecting Persons Employed in Other People's Homes, outlining the employment rights and protections available to domestic workers, and employers' obligation to inform such employees of their rights.

     

    • Inspections in the Private Home: Successfully advocated for the National Employment Rights Authority to undertake inspections into employment conditions for workers in private homes.