About us

MRCI is a national organisation working with migrants and their families in Ireland to promote justice, empowerment and equality.

Our Vision

Our vision is for an open, equal, just and diverse society where migrant workers and their families can move, work and live in dignity.

 

Our Mission

Grounded in social justice, antiracism and equality, our mission is to empower migrant workers in low paid and precarious work to secure and advance their rights through collective action.

Our Values

Our Model

We believe that people closest to the struggle are closest to the solution. Our community work model ensures people impacted by injustice and exploitation are front and centre of our organising, campaigns, projects and strategic advocacy. MRCI’s action groups are born out of the issues affecting migrants and made up of the people directly affected, who are supported through training and skills development to take coordinated action for change.

We organise and mobilise. We create safe and brave spaces for people to connect, build relationships and challenge exploitation, discrimination and social exclusion. We are committed to continually developing and innovating to ensure that participation means real and substantial opportunities for people to take action and lead.

Caseworker at the drop in centre

We provide free, reliable and confidential information to thousands of people through our national Drop-In Centre, on immigration, trafficking for labour exploitation, employment and housing. Through our frontline services and casework, we document trends, generate data, identify opportunities for strategic litigation, and often make first contact with the people who get involved in action groups and campaigns.

Past

We’ve supported groups of workers when their employers abandoned them, documented racism on our streets and at our borders, won landmark victories for domestic workersvictims of forced labourstudentsundocumented workers and families.

From the start, our work has been led by people affected by the very issues they fight against – restaurant workersau pairsundocumented young people and more – and supported by countless allies from across Ireland and abroad.

Present

Right now, we handle over 4,000 cases a year in our drop-in centre, helping people in Ireland live and work in safety and dignity.

We empower workers with the tools to fight for their rights in the workplace, challenge exploitation and demand respect and recognition.

Together with undocumented workers and families we won a historic regularisation, which will enable thousands of people who have been in Ireland for years to finally come out of the shadows and live a full and dignified life.

Future

We believe people should be able to move in safety and work with dignity

Now more than ever, MRCI’s work is essential. The work we do in the coming years will shape the face of migration and work in Ireland for generations.

Our focus on collective action, community empowerment and innovation is designed to build stronger communities, better workplaces, and a fairer, more open society for all.

Together, we’ll make it happen.

Drop in Centre Manager

Sancha Magat

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. She also engages with organisations around the country, to build relationships so that the needs of migrant workers and their families are met. Prior to joining MRCI she was a Pastoral Care worker supporting asylum seekers, refugees and migrants accessing education. She is a Peace Commissioner in Dublin. Sancha holds a Master’s Degree in Management, Community and Voluntary Services from All Hallows College. She is from the Philippines and has lived in Ireland since 1999.
Drop in Centre Caseworker

Rhye Reid

Rhye supports people coming to the Drop in Centre with information, advice, and advocacy. They joined MRCI in 2019. Rhye's background is in Youth Work with a particular focus on migrant and refugee studies. They previously worked as campaign support for Uplift, the multi-issue campaigning organisation, and currently sit on the Board of Amal Women’s Association. Rhye is mixed race Indonesian and Australian, and has lived in Ireland since 2017.
Tatjana
Referrals and Helpline Operator

Tatjana Dobosa

Tatjana acts as the first point of contact for everyone coming to MRCI for support and information. She joined MRCI in 2021. Tatjana worked as Information Officer at the Citizens Information Centre and has extensive knowledge in social welfare matters and in customer service. She has training in immigration, social welfare, housing, pensions, child protection and mediation. Originally from Ukraine, Tatjana speaks Russian, Latvian, Ukrainian, and English.
Drop in Centre Coordinator

Karina Korotkevica

Currently on leave.
Senior Legal Officer

Isabel Toolan

Isabel provides strategic casework supports and advocates in the area of trafficking for labour exploitation. She joined MRCI in 2019. Previously, she worked with asylum seekers and refugees in the USA. Isabel holds a juris doctor (law) degree from the University of the District of Columbia.
Anti-Trafficking Caseworker

Hilary Bizumuremyi

Hilary provides strategic casework support in anti-trafficking and labour exploitation. He joined MRCI in 2021. He has been working with human rights in Ireland since 2011. Hilary worked with asylum seekers in direct provision centres, with Crosscare Migrants Project, and with the Integration Centre. He ran an immigration clinic as an immigration advisor under the auspices of Dublin City Centre Citizens information Service for 6 years. He holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from NUI Galway, a BA in Development Studies from Kimmage Development Studies Centre and a Diploma in Information Provision and Advocacy Practice from TU Dublin.
Deputy Director

Bill Abom

Bill coordinates worker empowerment and organising with migrants in vulnerable work sectors. He joined MRCI in 2021. He is a community worker, organiser and campaigner with over 25 years' experience working with NGOs and trade unions in the field of worker justice and migrant rights. He has a Master's Degree in Development Studies from Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Dublin. He is currently a board member of Uplift.
Development Worker: Agri-food

Stanley Nwaneri

Stanley coordinates and enables migrant workers groups in the agri-food sector to organise for better working conditions He joined MRCI in 2019. He previously worked on a cross-border project supporting migrant workers in the border region. Stanley studied community development at CMETB and IT at Carlow Institute of Technology. Before joining MRCI, he was the chairperson of the Cavan 4C Society. He has set up a number of community groups in Cavan. In recognition of his work in Cavan, he was elected to the Cavan County Local Development board of directors and the Cavan Joint Policing Committee Members, Cavan Economic, Enterprise & Planning.
Referrals and Helpline Operator

Tian Yu Lloyd

Tian provides support to the regularisation scheme and the Drop-in centre (maternity cover). She joined MRCI in 2021. Tian has been active in supporting the integration of migrant communities in Ireland since 2015. She is a believer that promoting a culture of mutual respect and inclusion is good for the Irish society on all levels. Tian has a MA degree in Refugee Integration from Dublin City University.
Community Work Lead

Mairéad McDevitt

Mairéad oversees community work activities in MRCI. She supports the My Fair Home network, a community of migrant home carers in Ireland and also co-ordinates the Bobby Gilmore Fellowship. She joined MRCI in 2018 as a youth worker, with the Young, Paperless&Powerful campaign. She holds a Masters in Community&Youth Work from Maynooth University. She previously worked in the service industry for 20 years. She holds a BA in French&Italian, and a Diploma in Environmental Science&Social Policy, both from UCC. Mairéad is deeply committed to, and passionate about, community and youth work, fairness and equality, anti-discriminatory narratives, social and climate justice.
Campaign Lead

Neil Bruton

Neil leads the strategic planning and community development for the Justice for the Undocumented campaign. He joined MRCI in 2018. Neil’s background is in marketing and he has held various marketing management positions over the past ten years for both private companies and NGOs in Ireland and abroad. Neil holds a BA in Business & Languages and an MBS Masters in marketing, both from Dublin City University.
Community Organiser

Mel Morano

Mel is a Bobby Gilmore Fellowship awardee. She coordinates and supports volunteers with awareness about the regularisation scheme, information and assistance with applications in various communities. She has been with Justice for the Undocumented Group since 2016, actively working with the strategy group in planning, organising and participating in different actions and campaigns. She is also in the core group of My Fair Home, supporting to build and strengthen the community of migrant private home carers. Mel is a graduate of Computer Engineering in AMA University, Philippines and recently completed QQI Major Award in Healthcare Support from B&B Nursing Ltd.
Community Organiser

Albert Bello

Albert is a Bobby Gilmore Fellowship awardee. He coordinates volunteers with awareness about the regularisation scheme and assistance in scheme application in various communities across the country. Albert joined Justice for the Undocumented (JFU) group in 2019. He has been a Chair for JFU and worked tirelessly with the JFU strategy group in planning, organising and conducting various campaign actions that led to the success of the undocumented scheme. Albert holds an Advanced Diploma in Public Health obtained from Trans-Atlantic College.
Director

Edel McGinley

Edel has been with MRCI since 2006, leading and growing the organisation since 2014. In her time here, she coordinated the Justice for the Undocumented Campaign, led communications and the work on irregular migration and anti-trafficking, and coordinated the Domestic Workers Action Group. She is chair of the Platform for the International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants. Before joining MRCI, Edel worked in social care and youth work. She has a BA in Applied Social Studies, an MA in Globalisation, and Diplomas in Youth and Community Work and Digital Media Technology. Edel is passionate about community work, empowering communities, and campaigning for change.
Finance and Operations Manager

Hilary Royston

Hilary is responsible for the day-to-day accounting and financial management, budgeting and reporting on financial performance of MRCI. She joined MRCI in 2009. Previously, Hilary worked as a Programme Support Worker for Link Community Development focusing on school improvements in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also served with the US Peace Corps in Malawi as a Community Health Worker. She currently sits on the Board of Sex Workers Alliance Ireland. She is a qualified ACCA Accountant, she holds an MPhil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a Degree in European Studies from the University of Limerick.
Communications Officer

Caroline França

Caroline coordinates MRCI’s communications and engagement with local and national media, the organisation’s presence across social media channels and supporter engagement. She joined MRCI in 2020. She has worked at Amnesty International and Alzheimer’s Society on a range of campaigns for change. Caroline has a BA in Law from Universidade de Sao Paulo and an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from Trinity College. Originally from Brazil, she is passionate about empowering communities to campaign for social and economic justice.
Social Enterprise Manager

Aoife Smith

Aoife has been with MRCI since 2009 working alongside domestic workers, home care workers and au pairs on policy and campaigns to tackle discrimination based on gender, employment and immigration status. She is a co-founder and Board member of The Great Care Co-op. Her background is in Community Development and Journalism. She is interested in solution-driven actions and methodologies to tackle social issues. Integral to her practice is supporting communities to generate and drive solutions to barriers they experience.
Chairperson

Lucy Peprah

Lucy joined the board of MRCI in 2012, her background is in Adult and Community Education: using Theatre Arts as a tool for social change and has been employed by South Dublin County Partnership since 2005 as an Integration worker – Community Development; her work includes supporting Migrants to actively participate in Irish society through advocacy, information dissemination, training and policy change and development. Lucy has been a member of the Ethnic Minority Women’s Forum since 2003 and the Migrant Women’s Council since 2012. She has a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in English Language and Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana, Certificate in Community Work in a Changing Ireland from NUI Maynooth, Certificate in Conflict Management she has other post graduate qualifications in Project Management, Business Administration and Adult Education; she is also a qualified trainer in the area of Equality, Diversity and Combating Racism.

Raluca Anucuta

Raluca worked previously with European Network Against Racism (ENAR). Prior to that Raluca worked as MRCI’s Policy Support Worker supporting the design and implementation of MRCI’s policy work, in areas such as irregular migration, integration and social inclusion, rights and protection for migrant workers who are at risk of or experiencing workplace exploitation, and trafficking for forced labor. Before joining MRCI, Raluca was involved in various projects and agencies that deal with migration and racism, including as the European Network Against Racism, the Immigrant Council of Ireland, and the Irish Refugee Council. She holds a degree in law and a MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies from Trinity College Dublin.

Anastasia Crickley

Anastasia has been on the MRCI board for seven years. She is Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies. She was the Chairperson of the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism until October 2008. She is a founder member of the European Network against Racism. She co-founded Pavee Point (National Travellers Centre). She convenes the Community Sector Sub-Group of the Community Workers Cooperative. Anastasia was Personal Representative of the Chair in Office of the OSCE on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination, also focusing on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians and Members of Other Religions from 2004-2008. She is also actively involved with Council of Europe and United Nations initiatives in the fields of Human Rights and Discrimination. In 2010 Anastasia Crickley was elected a member of The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Fr Bobby Gilmore, SSC

Bobby was a founding member of Migrant Rights Centre Ireland and is Chairperson of the MRCI Board. He has served on the board for nine years. He was ordained in 1963 . He worked in the Philippines from 1964-78. He also studied at De La Salle College in Manila. From 1978-92, He was Director of the Irish Emigrant Chaplaincy in Britain. He was a founding member of Cara Housing Association. He chaired the Campaign for justice for Birmingham Six. He studied at Birbeck College, Lincoln Institute and Camden College, London. He worked from 1992-99 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He was a founding member of Village of Hope, Montego Bay, Jamaica. In 1999 he returned to Ireland. He conducted an education program on migration for the Irish Refugee Council.

Michael O'Sullivan

Michael has been on the MRCI board for nine years. He works for the Columban Missionaries as coordinator of their development education programme and part of their justice and peace team. He is also part of the Columban Development Committee (Ireland) which works with Columbans in Asia and Latin America to help build their capacity to achieve good quality development work with the communities in which they live. Michael is a founder member and former Chairperson of the Debt and Development Coalition, and also a founder member of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. He was also a member of the National Committee for Development Education from its inception until it was incorporated directly into the work of the Irish Aid programme. He is a member of the MRCI board's Finance sub-committee.

Pat Raleigh

Pat has been a MRCI board member for nine years. He was a founding member of the MRCI. He is a Columban Missionary. He worked in the Philippines for eleven years and also in Pakistan for another eleven. He took a Masters Degree in the nineties in the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California. Since his return to Ireland in 1994 he has been very much involved in JPIC work for the Columbans and is still the JPIC Co-ordinator for the Columbans in Ireland. He was also the Co-ordinator of the Jubilee Debt Campaign calling for the cancellation of Third World Debt. He is the Regional Education Co-ordinator and the Regional Vice-Director for the Columbans in Ireland. He is currently the Chairperson of the MRCI Finance Sub-Committee.

Francis Njuguna

Francis is skilled in numerous financial accounting fields, including: preparing annual budgets, Cash Flow projections and management. He has knowledge of cash flow, predicting future trends, managing and preparing budgets and accounts, auditing and financial regulations. Francis previously covered the Finance Manager’s maternity leave in MRCI. He is the current finance officer of Sofia Housing. He previously worked in finance support with the Irish Refugee Council and prior to that he was a selections clerk with Lidl GMBH and a logistics manager, with Ashbourne Logistics (Kenya).

Angleisa Zerpa

Anglesia specialised in employment law in Venezuela. She was a Project Coordinator, with NCP’s Migrant Access Programme, managing supports to vulnerable and unemployed individuals. She was also employed on their Cultural Support Ireland Programme. She is currently the chairperson of Venezuelan Community in Ireland (VCI). She recently took up a post in the HR department of TULSA. She is passionate about migrant rights and a deep understanding of the issues facing low paid migrant workers. She has LLM in Law.

Deirdre Lowry

Deirdre has a wealth of experience in Human Resources, having worked in this area for over 15 years. As such, Deirdre provides guidance on employment law, policy and procedure and helps to support creating a fair and inclusive work environment. Deirdre is currently employed by Fidelity Investments as a Director of their Regional Leadership Office. Deirdre is passionate about diversity and inclusion and the importance fair and equitable treatment in the workplace.