Doras provides direct support to victims of human trafficking by providing access to a case worker for initial assessment and support, and a legal officer for more specific legal information.
We provide specialised information on the National Referral Mechanism to victims of trafficking, accompany people to appointments regarding their case, and provide after-care support on a range of issues as needed.
Services available to those affected by human trafficking include the following:
Case Work & personal advocacy: Doras provide legal information on immigration legislation and international protection applications. The legal officer will help clients to access Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) complaints procedures for people trafficked for labour exploitation.
Referrals & accompaniment: Doras can provide referral support and can make appointments for clients seeking access to counselling, health and medical services. We access the national referral mechanism on behalf of victims of trafficking in Ireland. Doras staff can accompany clients to appointments with GP’s; Hospitals; counselling services; police interviews; court appearances; social welfare office; community welfare officer; prison in-reach, as needed.
Liaise with GNIB: Doras document client’s cases and submit reports to GNIB. Where possible, we accompany clients to Garda interviews in relation to their trafficking cases.
After Care: Doras provides on-going support and advocacy to people after they have left Direct Provision centres. Support available includes liaison with GNIB regarding residence permits; assistance with moving house or accessing social welfare; support to access educational courses and employment support.