Hilda Regaspi is the Chairperson of MRCI. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Social Work in the Philippines, and worked there coordinating a youth council programme before moving to Ireland in 2002. She coordinated the Filipino-Irish Community group in Waterford before becoming a core member of MRCI's Domestic Workers Action Group in 2004. Hilda was awarded an Unsung Hero Award by the mayor of Dublin for her work in promoting the rights of domestic workers. She participated in Leadership Development training with MRCI and was awarded a Certificate in Community Work in a Changing Ireland at NUI Maynooth in 2010. Hilda is currently working in University College Dublin.
Fr Bobby Gilmore, SSC
Fr Bobby Gilmore, SSC was a founding member of Migrant Rights Centre Ireland and is lifelong President of the MRCI. He was ordained in 1963, and worked in the Philippines from 1964-78. From 1978-92, Bobby was Director of the Irish Emigrant Chaplaincy in Britain. He was a founding member of Cara Housing Association. He also chaired the campaign for justice for the Birmingham Six. He was a founding member of Village of Hope, Montego Bay, Jamaica, where he worked from 1992-99. In 1999 he returned to Ireland. He conducted an education program on migration for the Irish Refugee Council before establishing the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. Bobby studied at Birbeck College, Lincoln Institute and Camden College, London, as well as De La Salle College in Manila.
Anastasia Crickley is Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies in NUI Maynooth. 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 and 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 was elected a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
Kevin Glackin works with the Organising Department of SIPTU, Ireland's largest trade union, and is coordinator of the City Bridges initiative, which seeks to tackle prejudice and discrimination in society and the workplace. He is currently working on the Fair Hotels campaign on ethical consumerism in the hotel industry. For the last ten years, Kevin has worked in the area of diversity in the workplace, promoting the active involvement of migrant workers in trade unions and challenging racism.
Rudy Montejo is currently employed as Manager at the Open Door Day Centre In Bray, Co. Wicklow. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Philosophy. He recently completed a course in Community Work in a Changing Ireland at NUI Maynooth. Rudy has been a very active member of MRCI's Migrants Forum, and he and his family have been actively involved in MRCI's campaigns for a number of years.