Entries by JP OSullivan

Ireland Promoted From Watch-List Ranking

Ireland was promoted from a Tier-2 Watch List ranking by The US State Department this afternoon, July 19th 2022. Whilst the movement is welcomed, MECPATHS remains very concerned by the re-iterated statement that Irish Children are subjected to sex-trafficking within the country and the re-confirmation that since 2020, no child victims have been formally identified…

Calls for a reform of Ireland’s National Referral Mechanism

Original News by Ailbhe Conneely, RTE A number of leading civil society organisations have called on the Government to reform the system that identifies human trafficking in Ireland. Seven organisations have written to Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, requesting a revision to the National Referral Mechanism or NRM which was approved by Cabinet last year.…

Listen back…

Ann spoke with Donal Lynch on Spirit Radio to discuss the work of MECPATHS and the challenges faced in Ireland on reporting and responding to the issue of Child Trafficking – listen back here JP spoke with Jennifer Zamparelli on 2FM to discuss the work of MECPATHS and existing challenges in relation to the identification of child…

Hospitality Award for MECPATHS

  LuxLife Global Hospitality Awards MECPATHS: Social Innovation Award 2021 MECPATHS are pleased to receive The 2021 LuxLife Hospitality Award for Social Innovation. With The Hospitality Industry remaining at the core, and in the foundation, of the work, this recognition of added-value and innovation comes following a challenging 18 months of restricted working and revised…

E-Learning Launch

  To coincide with World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Friday, 30th July, MECPATHS is pleased to officially launch an online e-learning platform which aims to educate a range of industries on how to identify and report suspicions of human trafficking, particularly child trafficking, in their sector. Established in 2013, MECPATHS is the only non-profit organisation…

Evoke: Ann Mara’s mission

  After travelling the world, spending time in America, Kenya and South Africa, Irish woman Ann Mara returned to Ireland in 2016, where she began to work with MECPATHS (Mercy Efforts for Child Protection Against Trafficking with the Hospitality and Services Sector). This organisation is the only non-profit in the Republic of Ireland that raises…

UCC Alumni Spotlight

  JP O’Sullivan is the Networks and Communications Manager of MECPATHS (Mercy Efforts for Child Protection against Trafficking with the Hospitality and Services Sectors), the only non-profit in the Republic of Ireland which aims to prevent the trafficking of children, and to enhance the protection of those who may be trafficked through identification and reporting.…

Social Justice Innovation

  MECPATHS are pleased to announce the receipt of a Corporate LiveWire Award for Social Justice Innovation & Excellence 2021. The award follows a challenging year for many whose ways of working were altered due to Covid-19. The team at MECPATHS recognise the important role collaboration plays throughout the pandemic to ensure the work of…