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Justice for the Undocumented (JFU)

- Limerick City & County Council motion -

Doras Luimní is pleased to support the Justice for the Undocumented (JFU) campaign, led by the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland, which calls for the introduction of a Regularisation scheme for undocumented migrants living in Ireland.
As part of the campaign, Doras Luimní strongly supports the motion before Limerick City & County Council on 28th November 2016, proposed by Cllr. Joe Leddin, which seeks an endorsement from Councillors regarding the introduction of a once-off Regularisation scheme for undocumented migrants in Ireland. ​

The Regularisation scheme is a once-off, time bound, policy measure open to all undocumented persons who have been resident in Ireland for four years or more, prioritising children and families. 
Please visit the MRCI website for more resources on undocumented migrants and for full details of the Regularisation scheme proposal.

MRCI infographics

View MRCI Proposal

Irish World Music Café - 8th December

Please join us for the final Irish World Music Café of 2016 on Thursday 8th December 2016 from 12pm in Central Buildings! 

The Irish World Music Café brings together musicians from around the world who are living here in Limerick and encourages integration with our service-users and new communities through song.
A wonderful way to spend your lunch break in Limerick city, learning and sharing songs from Ireland, Syria, Nigeria, Poland, Venezuela and everywhere else in between. Tea, coffee and light lunch is provided at the Community Café in Central Buildings

The  music café is organised by staff and students of the Irish World Academy in the University of Limerick, as part of a wider research project on "Singing and Sustainable Integration". 
   

National Migrant Integration Strategy

Doras Luimní joined our partners at Leinster House to meet with the Minister of State for Integration, Immigration and Equality the discuss the long-awaited National Integration Strategy.

We are looking forward to working together on the implementation of the strategy in 2017. 

City Centre Community Network

Do you live in Limerick city centre? Do you need information about local services or would you like to meet people living in the area? Join us on Tuesday's mornings in the Central Buildings community café from 10:30am to 12pm.

The next meet-up will take place at the Community Café on Tuesday 29th November and 13th December 2016. 

For more information on the City Centre Community Network or the Community Café mornings, please contact Raymond at r.muwaniri@dorasluimni.org or call 061310328. 

Community Music Workshops

Free community music workshops are now available every Thursday afternoon from 4:30pm to 6pm in Christ Church Hall. The workshops are facilitated by Hala Jaber, a PhD candidate and former Masters student in Community Music at University of Limerick.

Hala is working in partnership with Doras Luimní and Central Buildings to bring these workshops to our clients and new communities in Limerick city.

For more information, please contact Hala Jaber at jaber.hala@gmail.com
     

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill

The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015, which seeks to target demand for prostitution, has now passed the Second Stage in Dáil Éireann and is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Trafficking women and girls for the purposes of sexual exploitation is a modern, global form of slavery. We believe that the best way to combat this is to tackle the demand for prostitution by criminalising the purchase of sex. 

Doras Luimní, along with our partners from the Turn Off the Red Light campaign, continue to call on the Government to ensure that the law progresses.
Visit TORL campaign website

Purple Up Limerick
- Stand Against Violence & Abuse

Doras Luimní will join our partners to help 'Purple Up Limerick', marking the International 16 days of action opposing violence against women. 

In the past 20 years, more than 200 women have died violently in Ireland. The 'Purple up Limerick' campaign aims to highlight this terrible loss of human life and calls for an end to violence against women, while showing solidarity with women who are or have experienced sexual and domestic abuse.

Join us on Saturday 26th November at 12pm on O'Connell Street and please wear something purple!

Human Rights Day - 10th December

The 10th December is international human rights day, which aims to highlight and celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence, while messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears.

This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to "stand up for someone's rights". Each human being is entitled to the full range of human rights and it is everyone's responsibility to respect and uphold the human rights of others. 

Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media. Here are a few ways you can stand up for human rights:​

  1. Inform yourself and others about why human rights matter;
    • Read and share the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    • Make and disseminate a video of yourself with a friend talking about why you believe human rights matter (e.g. non-discrimination, gender equality or freedom of expression).
    • Promote stories on your social media about people that you know have stood up for rights.
       
  2. Speak out/up when another’s rights are at risk or under attack:
    • If you see someone being harassed, bullied or ridiculed on the street, on public transportation, while shopping or at school, stand with them.
    • Use social media to stand with people who are facing reprisals for defending human rights e.g. activists, indigenous leaders, environmentalists, lawyers, trade unionists, journalists, etc.
    • At work, in school, around the dinner table, help someone whose voice is rarely heard to share their views.
  3. Stand with others’ human rights:
    • Donate to organisations that support victims of human rights abuses.
    • Join public events in support of human rights - online and/or in the street.
    • Volunteer with a group that promotes human rights.
  4. Call on leaders to uphold human rights:
    • Lobby your government to uphold rights: sign related petitions; lobby your legislators to pass human-rights friendly laws and to repeal unfriendly ones.
    • Urge your employer to sign up to the UN Global Compact and adhere to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; promote celebration of human rights in the work place (e.g. non discrimination, family friendly policies, decent working conditions, equal pay for equal work).
    • Urge your community’s leaders (e.g. religious, local, sporting, cultural leaders) to make public commitments to human rights.
  5. In everyday life action:
    • Combat myths with facts: in online and daily conversations, challenge harmful stereotypes.
    • Speak up for tolerance and against prejudice. Keep yourself in check, challenge your own views and prejudices.
    • Consider the human rights track record of companies before doing your shopping.
    • Talk to your families and friends about human rights and point out positive and diverse role models.
Human rights start with each of one us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.

For more information about Human Rights Day, visit the UN website 

Entry-visas for non-EU family members
- High Court decision -

Non-EU family members have been experiencing considerable delays in the processing of their entry visa applications since mid 2015. Two cases have recently been brought to the High Court, challenging the lengthy delays and leading to positive outcomes for the applicants. 



 

A High Court judge has now given the Minister for Justice six weeks to make decisions on short stay visa applications by non-EU family members of three UK/EU citizens, who moved to Ireland last year, as well as an application  by a Pakistani woman who applied to enter Ireland along with her husband, a British/EU citizen. 

The decision may have broader implications for applicants seeking family reunification in Ireland in the future. Further information, including the full text of judgement, is available here: Sinnott Solicitors

More details

Hate Crime
- Research & Legislation -

Every day someone in Ireland reports being the victim of a crime because of hatred or prejudice. People reporting these crimes are targeted because of their religion, their skin colour, their nationality,  their ethnicity including membership of the Traveller and Roma communities, their sexual orientation, their gender identity or expression, their sex characteristics, their age, or because they have a disability. They are subject to threatening behaviour, damage to their property, harassment, assault and other types of crimes.

Doras Luimní are members of the Working Group on Hate Crime, which is coordinated by the Hate and Hostility Research Group (HHRG) in the University of Limerick. ​

Academics associated with the HHRG have completed extensive research in to hate crime in the Irish context, including the development of draft legislation, and are currently contributing to a wider EU funded project, which examines the treatment of hate crime by the Irish legal system. 

If you or someone you know has experienced hate crime in Ireland and would be willing to participate in this research project by sharing your experiences, please contact the HHRG at hhrg@ul.ie or ring 085-8003841 // 061 – 213151.

Further information:
 
  • As members of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) Ireland, Doras Luimní also campaign for the introduction of hate crime legislation in Ireland. For more information on the campaign, please visit the ENAR Ireland website: LoveNotHate campaign
 
 

#Not On Our Watch
- Unacompanied minors in Calais

Irish volunteers working in Calais for the past 12 months have been to the fore of campaigning work on unaccompanied children, calling on the Government to relocate children from Calais to Ireland. The campaign group, Not on Our Watch, which is supported by Doras Luimní and several organisations around the country, have successfully lobbied the Dáil to pass an All-Party motion, committing the government to work with the French authorities and youth workers in the Calais camp to identify up to 200 children who would like to come to Ireland. ​

The passing of the motion on 10th November followed an evening of Dáil debate on the issue, during which several TD's and Government Minister's delivered statements on the situation in Calais.

For more information on the campaign, follow the Not on Our Watch Facebook page.

Read the full Dáil debate statements here: Calais statements 

Reporting Racism

If you experience or witness racism, please consider reporting the incident to help us monitor and respond to racism in Ireland. Racist incidents can be reported to the Gardaí at your local Garda station and to Doras Luimní for further support.

Racist incidents can also be reported online, by victims and witnesses. iReport is an easy-to-use online mechanism, managed by ENAR Ireland, available at www.ireport.ie. Reporting an incident online takes approximately 5 minutes and greatly contributes to anti-racism initiatives and responses at local and national level. 


     

For more information, please visit the ENAR Ireland and ireport website. 

Report Racism

New Staff Member

Doras Luimní are pleased to welcome a new member of staff to our team in Limerick - Ahmed Hassan Mohamed. Ahmed had previously completed his LIT student placement with us in 2015, as part of his degree in Social Care, and we are delighted to welcome him back to Doras to undertake the new Support & Outreach role.  

Ahmed will be working with people who are living in and preparing to move out of Direct Provision. For more information on this work and to contact Ahmed, please email a.mohamed@dorasluimni.org

Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant
(CE scheme/ voluntary position)

We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic person to join our team! The receptionist/ administrative assistant role is crucial to the work of our busy office in Limerick city centre.
The successful applicant will gain experience in many areas of our work, including direct support and office management.

For more information on the role, please visit our website: Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant

More details

If you have a story you would like to share with us or would like to feature your event, please contact Aideen at Doras Luimní at a.roche@dorasluimni.org.
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