Anti-Trafficking Casework

Over the years, MRCI has helped hundreds of people to stand up for their rights in the most difficult circumstances, including to leave abusive relationships and exploitative workplaces.

As a National Assessment Centre for trafficking for labour exploitation, we assess cases of potential trafficking for people in the international protection system. And we have assisted vulnerable people in coming forward leading to identification as victims of trafficking for labour exploitation.

Now, MRCI is advocating for an overhaul of the National Referral Mechanism including reform of the identification system for victims of trafficking.

Our Impact

Since 2019, MRCI’s specialised anti-trafficking department has supported nearly 50 people where trafficking for labour exploitation was suspected.

Cases supported by MRCI have gone to the High Court and changed the way victims of trafficking are treated in Ireland.

Forced Labour was introduced into legislation following an MRCI campaign.

We supported victims of trafficking to claim outstanding wages from Workplace Relations Commission.

Know the Signs of Trafficking for Labour Exploitation:

If you think you might be a victim of Trafficking for Labour Exploitation or if you know someone who might be, you can contact MRCI for support, it’s free and confidential.

All forms of trafficking can be referred to An Garda Síochána as trafficking is a crime. MRCI can provide information and support with reporting trafficking for labour exploitation to the Gardaí. Additionally, if you are affected by any other form of human trafficking you can contact An Garda Síochána, or MRCI for referral to other organisations.


  • Violence or threats of violence against the person or their family, being denied food or access to healthcare;
  • Confiscation of important documents, such as passport, to keep a person trapped in a situation;
  • Isolation, confinement or surveillance; forced to live in an isolated area or being denied a phone or means of communication;
  • Withholding of wages so the person becomes dependent on the trafficker;
  • Forced to do illegal acts such as growing or selling drugs.


  • False promises of a job or of legal status to live in another country;
  • False promises about working conditions, such as location of job, hours or days of work which can turn out to be different from what was promised;
  • False promises of housing and living conditions;
  • False promises of family reunification.


  • Low or no salary;
  • Excessive working hours, no days off or holidays, being on call all the time;
  • Bad or hazardous working conditions: working in extreme heat (in a kitchen), cold (refrigeration unit), etc, without reasonable protection;
  • Bad living conditions provided by employer such as overcrowding, unhygienic, no privacy.

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