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Limerick-based charity launches Christmas appeal for migrant victims of crime

December 22, 2023
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A Christmas appeal has be launched calling for donations towards a project that provides support for migrant victims of crime. 

The first of its kind in Ireland, the Migrant Victim Support Project provides free legal information and support to migrants and refugees who become victims of crime, such as trafficking for labour exploitation, discrimination and domestic violence.  

The project is an initiative by Limerick-based charity Doras, a national non-profit supporting asylum seekers in Ireland. 

John Lannon, Doras CEO, said, “Many individuals and families make the tough decision to leave their home behind because it is not safe or viable to stay in their own country anymore. Irish people know this better than most. Unfortunately, people in vulnerable situations can become an easy target for exploitation when they arrive here.” 

He continued, “The Migrant Victim Support project provides specialised assistance for migrant and refugee victims of crime, including victims of human trafficking, gender-based violence, domestic abuse and racist crimes.” 

Doras is asking for donations to help them support more people coming through their doors next year. The money raised will help them staff their 24/7 helpline, pay for interpretation services, provide free legal information, amongst other services. 

Donations can be made through their website www.doras.org

 

Notes

The Migrant Victim Support Project was developed to address the current gaps in service provision for victims of crime who have special protection needs. This project works to overcome the significant barriers faced by migrants and refugees with regard to accessing justice and appropriate support services. The project is supported by the Department of Justice. 

Who is our service for? 

All victims of crime, including but not limited to; domestic abuse, sexual crime, gender-based violence, human trafficking (sexual exploitation, enforced labour, enforced criminality), hate crime, racism, FGM, fraud, burglary, harassment, cybercrime. 

What does our service offer to migrant victims of crime? 

  • Information on victims’ rights, redress options and criminal proceedings 

  • Specialised psycho-social and integration supports to migrant victims of crime  

  • 24/7 support helpline 

  • Accompaniment to report crimes to the Gardaí, court accompaniment, and at integration-related appointments 

  • Referral to and from mainstream support services 

The Migrant Victim Support project provides specialised assistance for migrant and refugee victims of crime, including victims of human trafficking, gender-based violence, domestic abuse and racist crimes.

John Lannon