IHREC - Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
In December 2022 the UCD Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation welcomed the opportunity to work with the Sexual Exploitation Research Programme (SERP), in the Geary Institute for Public Policy, to assist and advise the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission’s research into the misuse of technology in human trafficking for the purposes of sexual and labour exploitation in Ireland. The findings of this research will inform the work of the Commission as the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking.
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is an independent statutory body, established on 01 November 2014 under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014. The Commission is Ireland’s National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) and National Equality Body (NEB) as well as an independent National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings, appointed in line with Article 19 of European Union Directive 2011/36/EU. The overall statutory functions of the Commission are: to protect and promote human rights and equality, to encourage the development of a culture of respect for human rights, equality, and intercultural understanding in the State, to promote understanding and awareness of the importance of human rights and equality in the State, to encourage good practice in intercultural relations, to promote tolerance and acceptance of diversity in the State and respect for the freedom and dignity of each person, and to work towards the elimination of human rights abuses, discrimination and prohibited conduct.