Tánaiste visits UN GIFT Box in Dublin City Centre to promote anti-human trafficking initiative
On 6th March 2017 the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., praised the volunteer spirit of those involved in raising public awareness around the issue of human trafficking when she visited the UN Gift Box outside The Central Bank.
The UN GIFT Box is a unique piece of public art that will be touring Ireland throughout the month of March to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern day slavery. It is a walk-in installation where members of the public can learn more about the deception involved in human trafficking and the suffering of the victims drawn in by traffickers. The colourful street installation has been placed outside the Central Bank Building in Dame Street since Saturday and is staffed by a team of volunteers who invite passers-by to step inside and confront the reality of human trafficking.
Speaking at the UN Gift Box, the Tánaiste praised the volunteers involved in bringing the GIFT Box around the country, and highlighted the importance of public awareness in the fight against human trafficking:
UN GIFT, or Global Initiative to Fight Trafficking, is an initiative of the United Nations and anti-human trafficking NGOs. Act to Prevent Trafficking (APT) is the Irish NGO which is coordinating the delivery of the GIFT Box to more than a dozen locations around Ireland. The initiative is supported by the Department of Justice and Equality through the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit and by An Garda Síochána through the Human Trafficking Investigation and Coordination Unit.
The Tánaiste was joined at the event on Dame Street in Dublin by APT’s coordinators and volunteers, members of An Garda Síochána and representatives of UN Agencies based in Ireland.
For further information on the locations where the UN Gift Box will be place, please visit www.aptireland.org