The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is the term used to describe the framework through which State bodies fulfil their obligations to protect and promote the human rights of trafficking victims, working in partnership with civil society. Potential victims, detected by State bodies, NGOs or member of the public, are referred to the Human Trafficking Investigation and Co-ordination Unit (HTICU) within the Garda National Protective Services Bureau.

The range of assistance and support services provided under Ireland’s National Referral Mechanism to both foreign and domestic victims of human trafficking, depending on their individual circumstances, are outlined under 'State services'.


General overview of the National Referral Mechanism

This does not puport to represent legal advice in relation to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) for Victims of Human Trafficking and should not be viewed as an exact and definitive picture of how all cases are handled in reality. Given the trauma experienced by victims of trafficking, we strive to provide for a victim-centered and gender-sensitive approach to investigation and victim support, within a framework which is capable of adapting to individual cases.