The TRACKS project was launched in Ireland at a special event in the EU house in Dublin on 22 April 2016 with all relevant stakeholders present.
Attendees were made aware of the project through a presentation as well as a discussion. Representatives of the European Parliament, European Commission, IOM Ireland, UNHCR Ireland, The Department of Justice and Equality, An Garda Siochana (Irish Police Force), The Refugee Appeals Tribunal, The Reception and Integration Agency (hostels for asylum seekers and victims of trafficking), The Health Service Executive Anti-trafficking Unit and others were present at the launch of the TRACKS in Ireland.
Stakeholders were made aware of the project and invited for a follow up focus group on the 19th of May. During that first focus group meeting, 13 participants attended. They were put in working groups to discuss reception conditions and procedural issues in the asylum system for victims of THB. Much information is gleaned from the roundtable and relationship building improved.
There is a general consensus that there is a need to adapt reception conditions and procedures to address identified shortcomings.