Volunteer’s Recruitment and Team Building Day

On Saturday morning we had our very first Volunteer’s Recruitment and Team Building Day. The morning began with a cuppa & a scone. Then Invisible Traffick’s video ‘No Hope’ was screened (watch it below).

Our director then spoke a little about how Invisible Traffick all started 7 years ago. She had been to a conference where Christine Caine (founder of anti-huamn trafficking charity, A21) was speaking about how girls had been packaged up into boxes like cargo and were transported across sea and in cars to their destination. On route many of the girls died from oxygen starvation and the girls who did survive were sexually exploited across Europe. Our director couldn’t believe that this was still happening in our modern day world. She came back from the conference and bought a packet of mash potato for dinner one evening which actually contained a ticket saying ‘You’e won!’. That packet of mash potato led to the director winning £500!! The Director explained how she knew the money was not her own and she used to to set up Invisible Traffick.


Everlasting Piece

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!


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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…



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.



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.


Strictly Come Dancing Blog

It was ‘Strictly’ the best foot forward for Invisible Traffick at the beginning of April, with our very first ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ competition. It was an evening packed full of guys, girls, glitz and glamour at the Culloden Hotel, which was throughly enjoyed by everyone who attended. We would like to extend a massive thank you to our very own volunteer and dance enthusiast, Debi Vauls, who did a fantastic job of organising the event under the guidance of ‘Ballroom Blitz.’

Under the glitter ball, twelve couples bravely went head to head and toe to toe, to perform a variety of classic ballroom dances, ranging from the Samba to the Charleston, the Jive, Argentine Tango and the Cha Cha Cha, following ten weeks of intensive dance training. Debbie and Michelle from ‘Ballroom Blitz’ did a fantastic job of putting our couples through their paces in training and most would agree that these twelve have blossomed from amateur dancers with two left feet into semi-professional dancers! Of course, we need to congratulate our ‘Strictly’ champions and winners of the night, Marleta Bailey and Cathy-Ann Akbar! You both did a fantastic job and performed an amazing routine, well done to each of you!

Alongside our dancers, we had four fantastic judges, BBC radio presenter Gerry Kelly, Q Radio presenter Gareth Stewart along with Nanette McCoy and Gary Faulkner. Not to forget our brilliant hosts, TV presenters Paul Reilly and Sara Moore.

The event was a brilliant night, full of fun, laughter and competition. However, most importantly, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ raised a fantastic amount of money for Invisible Traffick, with the donations reaching a grand total of £12,524.70! We wish to extend a huge thank you to each and everyone of you who donated, supported and volunteered to assist with the running of this event, we couldn’t do what we do without you all! The money which was raised will go towards supporting Invisible Traffick’s Helpline for victims, which was recently launched in March.


Half M ItAt the end of April, two of our amazing supporters, Andrea McCormick and Lisa Crawford ran in the Dubrovnik Half Marathon in Croatia. They both ran 13.1 miles as part of the David Hanna Fitness Team in aid of Invisible Traffick and raised an incredible £457.20. These girls deserve a massive round of applause, not only for completing the half marathon, but also for raising this fantastic amount of money; all of which will go towards the work of Invisible Traffick and our mission of eradicating human trafficking! Thank you to everyone who supported them and well done girls!




Today we noticed one of our very large posters on a billboard in Bangor.

This is one of 100 billboards going up in Northern Ireland and all of us at Invisible Traffick are very excited!

This billboard is to launch our new helpline dedicated to tackling and raising awareness of Human Trafficking here in Northern Ireland.

Can I please ask that you all help us in the following ways.

1/ Please share this post.

2/ Please regularly visit our new revamped website for all the latest up to date information about Invisible Traffick and what we do. (http://www.invisibletraffick.org/)

3/ Please also share and like our Invisible Traffick Facebook page as this helps us to let people know exactly how they can help us and what to look out for.

Thank you for helping us to make this invisible crime, visible!


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We have had an exciting month in March, as Invisible Traffick’s Helpline was launched! Funds are desperately needed in support of this and the money raised at the Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser at the beginning of April was a massive help towards the cost of this Helpline.


It was guys, girls, glitz and glamour on Friday 7th April at our first ever ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ competition. Twelve couples went head to head under the glitter ball after undergoing ten weeks of intensive dance training, to perform a range of classic ballroom dances.

The event was a brilliant evening of fun, but most importantly raised a fantastic amount of money for Invisible Traffick, with a grand total of £12, 524.70 (check this figure). This money which was raised will go towards supporting Invisible Traffick’s Helpline for victims, which was recently launched in March.



The end of the month saw two supporters of Invisible Traffick, Andrea McCormick and Lisa Crawford, running in the Dubrovnik Half Marathon in Croatia. Please support them by making a donation through their MyBTDonate page here, where any donation would be greatly appreciated.


We have an exciting fundraiser planned for the 30th of September at Bangor Rugby Club! We are holding a charity fire walk in aid of Invisible Traffick, so if you feel like you would like to take part or volunteer on the night, this one is for you! More details to follow shortly…


Thank you all for your continued support and all you do for IT, without your help our work would not be possible.



A flight attendant has described the moment that she saved a young girl from human traffickers after leaving a secret note for her on the plane.

Sheila Fedrick said that her suspicions were roused after she spotted a well-dressed middle aged man travelling with a battered young girl aged around 15 who “looked like she had been through pure hell”.

After trying to speak to the pair and being rebuffed by the man, she left a note for the girl in one of the plane’s toilets.

In reply the girl wrote: “I need help”, she told NBC News.

Ms Fedrick said she immediately informed the pilot about the situation and the flight was met by police at their arrival destination.

She shared her story as part of a training programme run by US non-profit group Airline Ambassadors aimed at helping flight staff to spot human traffickers.

Millions of people are thought to be trafficked every year – including many who are transported on flights.

The AA group has trained thousands of staff in a number of countries to recognise the signs that someone may be being taken against their will.