Founded in 2013, MECPATHS is the only non-profit organisation in Ireland which works in direct partnership with the Hospitality Industry and Services Sectors to prevent Child Trafficking and to enhance existing protective measures. We work with Hotel Groups, Hospitality Training Colleges, Universities and Private Industries to deliver workshops, training programmes and bespoke learning materials to help Management and Staff to learn more about Child Trafficking, understand the core concepts of this Global (and Local) challenge and work with each organisation to build a suitable response and reporting protocol. Our work is carried out in-line with the specific needs of each group, organisation or business and is delivered without a financial cost. We thrive on collaboration, community-engagement and conversation- everyone can respond to the issue of Human Trafficking in some way. We are here to help answer any questions you may have and to have those necessary conversations. You can make a difference today, feel free to get in touch with us at anytime. We look forward to hearing from you!

To mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, 2021, MECPATHS in partnership with The Department of Justice is proud to launch our Free-of-charge Hospitality E-Learning Module for all Hotel Management and Staff. We look forward to launching additional modules in the coming weeks and months for The Private Security Industry, Aviation and Sea Port industries and for Social Workers. This work is made possible by the support of The Department of Justice and in close collaboration with each of the sectors industry leaders.

Hospitality Staff and Management are amongst those professionals most likely to encounter a victim of Trafficking. In Europe alone, it is estimated that over 90,000 Trafficking victims are identified in hotel properties across the continent each year. You can start making a difference today and join other industry leaders who have forged the way to provide a safer industry for all.

To enrol, please visit our E-Learning Portal where Hospitality Management and Staff can now undertake 2 Modules: An in-depth Training (1 Hour) and/or an Overview Module (30 minutes). Both Modules include an opportunity to test your learning and all participants, when they have completed their course, will receive a an E-Certificate from us.

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We have also recently launched a Know It, See It, Say It Child Trafficking Indicator Resource which offers an overview of some of the most common indicators to make yourself aware of when identifying possible at-risk children. No single indicator should be taken on its own to suggest a child is being trafficking and we encourage readers to contact your local Garda Station for any further advice and to please call 999 in an emergency.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2021 #Collaboration

Representatives from MECPATHS, The Immigrant Council of Ireland, The Migrants Rights Centre Ireland, Ruhama, Act to Prevent Trafficking, Maynooth University, Akidwa and The International Organisation for Migration mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons which takes place on July 30th. The Anti-Trafficking Community in Ireland continues to raise awareness and their concerns about the placement of Ireland on a Tier 2 Watch-list by The US State Department which categorises Ireland as ‘the worst country in Western Europe’ in relation to Anti Human Trafficking responsiveness. Photo (c) Aidan Oliver.

What is Child Trafficking?

MECPATHS is committed to ensuring that children are protected from Trafficking, to enjoy positive and safe childhoods. Our Vision is A responsible world where every child is protected against trafficking for exploitation.’ We work to achieve this in partnership with the Hospitality & Services Sectors, our Strategic Planning partners, Statutory and Non-Statutory Bodies, Civil Society and the wider community. We believe in the power of collaboration and the value of networks.