Within the State structures over the past few years, we have set up 4 dedicated State units
to deal with human trafficking as follows:
1. The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit
in the Department of Justice and Equality. This has both a co-ordinating and implementation role in relation to the State's response to trafficking in human beings. A key function of this Unit is to assist in resolving any issues which may arise between State agencies providing services to victims.
2. The Human Trafficking Investigation and Co-ordination Unit
in An Garda Síochána established in 2009. The remit of the Unit is to provide a lead role on policy issues in the field of human trafficking. The Unit acts as a centre of excellence for the organisation and oversees all investigations where there is an element of human trafficking and provides advice, guidance and operational support for investigations.
3. The Anti-Human Trafficking Team
in the HSE providing an individual care plan for each potential or suspected victim.
4. The Human Trafficking Legal Team
in the Legal Aid Board
established in 2009 providing legal aid and advice. The Legal Aid Board has developed a guide for victims of human trafficking
There are also dedicated personnel in the Asylum Seekers and New Communities Unit who assist those who have been granted temporary residency (renewable) in transiting from accommodation provided by the State’s Reception and Integration Agency to mainstream services, and dedicated personnel in the Director of Public Prosecutions Office who deal with cases referred to them by the Gardaí with a view to initiating a prosecution.
Other relevant legislation
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