Entries by JP OSullivan

Kevin Hyland to succeed Professor Siobhán Mullally on European anti-trafficking committee

Kevin Hyland OBE has been elected as Ireland’s representative on the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) from next year. Mr Hyland will succeed Professor Siobhán Mullally of UCC School of Law at the end of her second two-year term. He was appointed as the UK’s first independent anti-slavery commissioner in November 2014 and received…

An International perspective on Ireland’s response to Human Trafficking

Over the past months, Ireland’s efforts to counter Human Trafficking have been placed under an International Spotlight. The US Department of State’s publication of The TIP (Trafficking in Persons) Report has highlighted the nations under-preparedness for the international crisis of Trafficking. As a result of Ireland’s limited response, the country has been downgraded to ‘Tier…

MECPATHS Meet The Minister For Justice

In support of the recent report issued by MECPATHS and our ongoing work, a report issued by EUROPOL, following The TIP report, has confirmed that Ireland’s efforts to counter Human Trafficking need to be escalated. Ann and JP recently met with The Minister for Justice, Minister C. Flanagan, to reiterate the need to grow our…

Trafficking in hotels: A survivor speaks

The first time Anneke Lucas heard about legislation designed to rescue human trafficking victims in hotels, she couldn’t help but think about how something like that could have helped her as a child. “If I had seen the definition that said I was not a prostitute, that would have made a difference for me,” Lucas…

EU Anti Trafficking Day

October 18th 2018 marks EU Anti Trafficking Day. At MECPATHS we will mark the day in a number of ways- joining The AHTU for a film screening of ‘The Price of Sex’ and we will also join The A21 Walk which is making its Irish debut this year. There are many ways each of us…

World Meeting of Families Workshop Video

If you would like to experience the MECPATHS/APT workshop from The World Meeting of Families 2018, it is now available to view online. Listen to Kevin Hyland OBE explore worlds of Modern Day Slavery and discuss his experience of this challenge which rests around us in the world. Maya, a survivor of child trafficking outlines…

RTE Radio 1 Interview

With thanks to Carole Coleman from the This Week programme on RTE Radio 1 who spoke to JP O’Sullivan, MECPATHS and Sarah Marr, PREM Group about the efforts by hotels to combat human traffickers using the hospitality sector and how MECPATHS are educating hospitality staff to recognise the signs of trafficking. To listen back to…

Research Launch

On Thursday 6th September, MECPATHS launched a research report, undertaken by JP O’ Sullivan. The report explores the challenges of Human Trafficking and provides a situational analysis of the hospitality sector whilst outlining the limited responsiveness available within Ireland. JP has called for an increased awareness in Ireland, an exploration of pre-crisis mobilisation and a…

LMFM Radio

With thanks to Gerry Kelly, LMFM, for such a warm welcome on Thursday 30th August. Gerry took time to speak with JP about the work of MECPATHS and the increasing challenges which modern day Ireland presents to us all. As citizens of Ireland, we have a collective responsibility to ensure all children are safe. To…

Kevin Hyland O.B.E. joins MECPATHS for WMOF

MECPATHS were extremely proud to be part of The World Meeting of Families 2018 at The RDS (Royal Dublin Society) during the gathering of families from all around the world. A unique opportunity to speak with parents, community leaders, community stakeholders and law enforcement offices, the 3-day programme additionally presented us with a wonderful platform…