CINEMA VIEWING RAISES £405 FOR INVISIBLE TRAFFICK

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Last week one of our supporters held a fundraiser on behalf of Invisible Traffick.  She screened an Irish Comedy called An Everlasting Piece in an intimate private cinema in Helens Bay.  Twenty-five people came and a total £405 was raised from donations.  A few of the IT team attended & had a wonderful evening!  What a great idea for a fundraiser – could you host a similar evening? Get in touch!

GIVE AS YOU LIVE RAISES £250 FOR INVISIBLE TRAFFICK

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Give As You Live has enable 40 Invisible Traffick supporters to raise a total of £253.33 for Invisible Traffick FOR FREE!

The amount raised by our supporters is truly amazing, and we are so very thankful, this enables us to print more resource materials to distribute at our awareness campaigns. We need to heighten community awareness that Human Trafficking is really happening in our local communities in NI, Scotland, GB and Ireland. Thank you so so much.

If you shop online you can help us raise funds FOR FREE too. Follow this link to become a Give As You Live Invisible Traffick (Northern Ireland) supporter – https://workwithus.giveasyouli…

INVISIBLE TRAFFICK AT HALIFAX LAUNCH OF PITCHING FOR POUNDS

A few weeks ago the Invisible Traffick directors were up at Long Gallery Stormont for the Halifax Foundation’s Launch of the Pitching for Pounds initiative.  It’s an exciting, unique programme whereby charities can pitch for funds based on the needs of their organisation.  Additionally, it gives charity representatives the space to develop their ideas and be creative.

Massive thank you to Halifax for having us along!

INVISIBLE TRAFFICK IRELAND AWARENESS RAISING EVENT

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On Thursday the 19th October at 10am Invisible Traffick Ireland held an Awareness Raising Event in Sligo Town Hall. This event was to celebrate their two year anniversary and coincided with Human Trafficking Awareness Week 2017.

Mary McSharry (IT IRL Director) kicked off the event explaining a little about her work with IT in Sligo. She explained that the main role of IT IRL is to raise awareness and get the public engaging in the issue of human trafficking.

Next, the IT GB Director spoke about her work across the water. She explained that lots of other charities in Great Britian do lots of awareness raising and instead felt what was missing was long term after care for survivors of human trafficking. She then spoke about her work in Tamar House, a safe house set up by IT GB for female survivors of sexual exploitation.

Alison was followed by Edward Keegan (Anti-Trafficking Project Officer for Immigrant Council of Ireland) who spoke about his work in Dublin. He explained the legislation in place in order to keep human trafficking survivors safe by helping them remain in Ireland, and how they ensure survivors are provided with adequate housing.

There was then a question and answer panel including Edward Keegan, Paul Molly (Detective Inspector Garda, Anti-Human Trafficking Unit) and Simeone Barnett (Justice Department Anti Human Trafficking Unit) who answered questions from the audience.

The event was closed by Sligo Mayor who highlighted everyone’s responsibility to fight the issue of human trafficking, whether that is by teaching our children about respect for women, or simply informing others that human trafficking still exists.

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PUBLIC PROSECUTION SERVICE MARK ANTI-SLAVERY DAY

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The Public Prosecution Service hosted a round table event with criminal justice partners, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and migrant representative groups on the subject of human trafficking and modern slavery at their Belfast headquarters on Friday, 20TH October.

The event marked Anti-Slavery Day which was on Wednesday, 18th October and formed part of a week-long series of events on the subject.

Representatives from the PPS’s Serious Crime Unit joined officials from the Home Office and the PSNI’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit to update delegates on a series of cases and policy initiatives.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Barra McGrory QC, opened the event which was attended by a range of organisations and agencies including the Department of Justice, Invisible Traffick, Migrant Help, Flourish NI and Women’s Aid.

Mr McGrory said: “The trafficking of human beings is a heinous crime which demeans the value of human life. The exploitation of vulnerable men, women and children by predatory criminal groups is something that no civilised country should tolerate. It creates victims who are often some of the most vulnerable members of society. Separated from family and friends with no access to financial help or support, perhaps unable to speak English or communicate with those who may be able to help them.

“I can assure you that we adopt a robust and consistent approach to the prosecution of such cases and will continue to work robustly with others here and in other jurisdictions to make our community a hostile place for traffickers, organised criminals and those who exploit the vulnerable.”

Specialist prosecutors from the PPS’s Serious Crime Unit updated delegates on recent trends and statistics around human trafficking and on the Director’s commitments to tackling modern slavery and human trafficking, which he signed along with the DPP of England and Wales, and Scotland’s Lord Advocate in February 2016.

Both the PPS and PSNI highlighted the importance of interagency work in tackling human trafficking and modern slavery, and two case studies were presented and discussed. The event concluded with an informative question and answer session.

HALIFAX FOUNDATION PROVIDE FUNDING FACILITATING PRESENTATION OF VISI’S WORLD TO PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN NI

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Our IT NI Director and Visi’s World Education Pack Co-ordinator receiving a certificate from Halifax Foundation, for recieving funding to facilitate the presentation of Visi’s World to Primary Schools in NI.