The anti-trafficking office provides specialised direct support to victims of human trafficking and to women engaging in prostitution, who have access to a designated case worker for initial assessment and support and to the anti-trafficking officer for advice on national referral mechanism. The Doras legal team are also available for more specific legal advice.Services available to those affected by human trafficking include the following:
- Casework via drop-in centre caseworkers, and anti-trafficking office.Legal advice via legal office, which provides in-depth information on immigration legislation and asylum applications. The legal officer will help clients to access NERA complaints procedures for people trafficked for labour exploitation.
- Appointments are made with GP’s, counselling services; this involves sourcing cheap or free services, particularly health and medical.
- Provide interpreting services (French, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian and Portuguese).
- We visit clients in direct provision centres.
- With victims of trafficking we access the national referral mechanism on behalf of victims of trafficking in Ireland.
- Assistance and advocacy for clients applying for refugee status.
Safe House: Secured in May 2012 and in a secure rural location within reasonable driving distance from the city. Women are referred to temporary safe accommodation via Doras Luimní staff. This is used in emergency situations only. Other service providers, such as voluntary housing associations or domestic abuse services are more commonly used.
Accompaniment: GP’s; Hospitals; counselling services; police interviews; court appearances; social welfare office; community welfare officer; prison in-reach.
Liaise with GNIB: Document client’s case and submit in report to GNIB. Do follow up with client and gards. Where possible, we accompany clients to Garda interviews in relation to their trafficking cases.
After Care: Doras provides on-going support and advocacy once people have left Direct Provision centres. Support available includes liaison with GNIB so residence permits are issued on time; help with moving house or accessing social welfare; support to access educational courses.
Referrals: Agencies frequently referred to/from: Sexual Health charity; STI clinic; Counselling service; Domestic Abuse shelters; An Garda Siochána; Health Service Executive; Jobs clubs; Social work departments; Community Welfare Office. For information on the campaigning and awareness raising work of the anti-trafficking office, please see anti-trafficking in the campaigns section.