Rights and Entitlements for Victims of Human Trafficking (2022)

An Introductory Guide for People Working in Frontline Services in Ireland

People who have been victims of the crime of human trafficking in Ireland have rights and entitlements to access a range of supports, including accommodation, legal aid, healthcare and social welfare. In some instances, these rights and entitlements are linked to a person’s immigration status, nationality and co-operation with the criminal investigation.

Victims of human trafficking are formally identified by the Gardaí (Irish police), who make an assessment to decide whether the crime of human trafficking is likely to have been committed against the individual. A wide
range of rights and entitlements are available to people who are formally identified as suspected victims of human trafficking.

This introductory guide has been developed to support frontline staff in their work with potential victims of human trafficking.