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Justice Minister hosts first meeting of NGO Engagement Group on human trafficking

Justice Minister David Ford has hosted the first meeting of a new Engagement Group to tackle human trafficking.
Thursday, 13 December 2012

I believe that we should work co-operatively to achieve our shared goal of tackling human trafficking and that this Engagement Group provides a unique opportunity for statutory agencies to capture the energy, enthusiasm and ideas that NGOs have on this issue.

Minister of Justice David Ford MLA,Northern Ireland Department of Justice

The main aim of the group is to formalise and improve the engagement between the Department of Justice, police, health representatives and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on the issue of human trafficking.   

Speaking at the first meeting of the Engagement Group, David Ford acknowledged the participation of all organisations.

David Ford said: “There are many community and voluntary organisations and groups across Northern Ireland who are working hard to tackle human trafficking.  I am encouraged by the immense interest that you have all shown in relation to human trafficking and I continue to be impressed by your willingness to contribute to the fight against it.  

“I believe that we should work co-operatively to achieve our shared goal of tackling human trafficking and that this Engagement Group provides a unique opportunity for statutory agencies to capture the energy, enthusiasm and ideas that NGOs have on this issue.”

Notes to Editors

1. The establishment of the Group follows a consultation on how the Department of Justice engages with NGOs and others in relation to human trafficking.  The Group will operate under the umbrella of the Organised Crime Task Force, which is chaired by David Ford.

2. Members of the Engagement group include:

  • PSNI
  • Amnesty International
  • South Tyrone Empowerment Project (STEP)
  • NI Strategic Migration Partnership (NISMP)
  • NI Law Centre
  • Women’s Aid
  • Community Faiths’ Forum
  • CARE NI
  • Migrant Help
  • Urban Angels
  • Freedom Project Ireland
  • Soroptomist International
  • NICEM
  • Irish Congress of Trade Unions Northern Ireland Committee (ICTUNI)
  • Police and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs)
  • Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY)
  • Craigavon ACT (also representing North Down ACT, The A21 Campaign, No More Traffik and Solas Trust)
  • Health and Social Care Board
  • Project Futures QUB/National Union of Students - Union of Students in Ireland

3. Since April this year, seven potential victims of trafficking have been rescued in Northern Ireland.

4. Download a summary of responses here.

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