March/ April 2015

 
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Clear the Asylum Backlog Campaign

Doras Luimní and the Irish Refugee Council are encouraging all interested persons to send a postcard to the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, letting her know you support the proposal to clear the asylum back-log and to give those who have already spent years in the DP system the right to live in Ireland. 
The campaign has seen an overwhelming response so far across the country and we would like to thank all who have supported us by collecting, circulating and signing our postcards. 

If you would like to support the campaign, contact Aideen at a.roche@dorasluimni.org or drop in to our office to pick-up some postcards. More information on the proposal to clear the asylum back-log can be found here: 
http://dorasluimni.org/clear-the-asylum-backlog/
       

Anti-Racism initiative - Caherline National School

Students from Caherline National School in County Limerick have developed an excellent anti-racism video, as part of the national competition: Show Racism the Red Card. Congratulations to all the students and teachers who made this happen and the very best of luck in the competition! 
 


Unanimous support from Limerick City and County Council 


Doras Luimni and End Direct Provision Limerick were delighted to announce the unanimous agreement to support the motion proposed by Councillor Prendiville, calling for the immediate closure of Mount Trenchard and a commitment to end Direct Provision by the end of 2015. 

Doras Luimni publicly called for the closure of Mount Trenchard Direct Provision centre, located in Foynes, following the peaceful protests held by residents in August 2014. Since last summer, Cllr. Prendiville has been in contact with Doras Luimní and the local campaign group 'End Direct Provision Limerick', acknowledging their work on raising awareness of the failures with the system. The councillors passed the motion during last months City and County Council meeting which took place on the 23rd March. 

Doras Luimní are grateful to the Council for this continued support and hope that this will further encourage other local authorities to follow their lead.
The Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland provided training on work place rights and labour exploitation to Doras Luimní staff on Thursday the 30th of April. Key topics discussed include new changes to legislation and work permit systems as well as the rights of undocumented workers. 
Exciting developments are forthcoming including more accessible complaint mechanisms. The training session and information between between the organisations illustrated the extent of exploitation and violations of rights taking place in Limerick and across the country.

If you or your organisation would like to attend employment rights and/or anti-trafficking awareness training, please see the Training section below. If you have experienced labour or sexual exploitation, please contact Patricia Stapleton, Anti-trafficking Officer, at p.stapleton@dorasluimni.org

 
Housing Assistance to Newly Recognised Refugees
In response to a growing demand for assistance with securing private rental accommodation among those who have recently been granted permission to remain in Ireland, Doras Luimní is assisting families and individuals with their housing options and in transitioning from Direct Provision to Irish Society.

Our staff have already assisted 11 people with their transition so far this year, including 6 individuals and 2 families.
Doras Luimní would like to make a special acknowledgement to the landlords who have been particularly helpful and understanding. If you are a migrant who requires information on your housing options, or if you are a landlord who would like to be of assistance, please contact Leonie at Doras Luimní: l.kerins@dorasluimni.org. 

Nepalese Community Limerick Vigil

A candle lit vigil took place on Wednesday 29th April in Bedford Row, to commemorate the lives lost as a result of the disastrous Earthquake which hit Nepal on the 25th of April. The Nepalese Community are appealing for donations to help provide for the urgent needs of survivors. For more information, contact Nepalese Community Limerick.

Parent and Toddler Group

The Parent and Toddler group takes place every Tuesday from 10am - 11.30am at Central Buildings, directly below Doras' centre. We welcome all migrant and Irish parents to come along and avail of the opportunity to meet with other parents and learn from a variety of different backgrounds, cultures and traditions. 
                   
For more information, please contact Jumoke Oyewo at 061 310328 or email j.oyewo@dorasluimni.org


15th anniversary of Direct Provision

The fifteenth anniversary of Direct Provision was marked by Doras Luimní, residents of Direct Provision centres in Limerick and their supporters on Friday 10th of April in Limerick City Centre. Asylum seekers spoke at the event and called on the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, to take initiative and urgently address the needs of asylum seekers in Ireland. A minutes silence was held in Dublin and in Limerick in solidarity with those who have lost years to the inhumane Direct Provision system. 
Doras Luimní also contributed to the #DirectProvision15 Tumblr, submitting a selection of media articles, audios and photographs relating to the Direct Provision system over the last fifteen years. The Tumblr account has a wealth of resources and is available here: http://directprovision15.tumblr.com/

Anti-Rumours Pop-up Cafe

Our Anti-Rumours pop-up cafe is a great way to bring together members of the community in Limerick to share a cup of tea and engage in discussion about some of the key issues we explore through this project.
 The public are invited to take a look at our anti-rumours information material, which was displayed in the exhibition space on the ground floor of the Christ Church/Central buildings. We would like to thank all who paid us a visit and please keep an eye out for  details of our next event, coming soon!

Training

Doras Luimní provides training to organisations and individuals on a range of migrant-related topics including Intercultural Awareness; Immigration Law and Policy and Migrant Rights and Entitlements.

Anti-Trafficking awareness training is also available –  this includes an introduction to human trafficking globally, indicators of human trafficking, responding to and meeting victim’s needs, and anti-trafficking responses in Ireland.

For further information, please contact Patricia Stapleton, Anti-Trafficking Officer, at p.stapleton@dorasluimni.org, or Matt Cannon at m.cannon@dorasluimni.org.

Events

Exhibition in Ormston House: Leave Now by Any Practical Means
This exhibition explores the conflict in Syria and presents an alternative view of the country and situation. The exhibition opens on Friday 1st May from 7 to 9pm in Ormston House, Patrick Street, Limerick. See Facebook event page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/879807805394494/
World Food Day
In advance of World Refugee Day on 20th June 2015, Doras Luimni are inviting migrants in Limerick to share their favourite recipes from home with us, to form a recipe collection 'Around the World in Limerick'. We will also be hosting an event on 17th June to mark World refugee Day and Fitto Cafe on Catherine St will generously be providing complimentary tasters of food from a variety of cultures. 
For more information about how to contribute or get involved, please contact Aideen at a.roche@dorasluimni.org or at 061310328.

Africa Day

Monday, 25th May marks Africa Day and the beginning of Africa week in Limerick. Events will be taking place over the duration of that week to celebrate the event, concluding with the family-fun event on Sunday 31st. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details!
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EU Civil Society Platform against
Trafficking in Human Beings
Anti-trafficking and community development intern, Vania Alexandrova will attend the 5th meeting of the EU Civil Society Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings in Brussels on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 May 2015. Vania will be one of three NGO delegates representing Ireland at the conference. 92 civil society organisations from EU Member States, including several from non-EEA countries will be present to discuss emerging forms of human trafficking in the European Union.
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