Reminder: films and Q&A on forced labour this Saturday
Slavery was abolished over 200 years ago but human exploitation is still very much alive in Northern Ireland. Law Centre (NI), Unchosen and Belfast Film Festival have joined forces to bring to Belfast three short films that tell the human stories behind forced labour and trafficking.
The films will be screened at the QFT this Saturday 25 April at 12pm, followed by a discussion at 1pm. This is a free event. Advance booking is recommended but not essential. Light refreshments will be served.
The films include ‘Yoke Farm’ which won the 2014 Unchosen Short Film competition. ‘Yoke Farm’ draws on the Law Centre’s experiences of providing legal advice and representation to victims of exploitation and its director, Tim Keeling, will join the panel discussion on modern day slavery and forced labour.
Other speakers will be:
- Kasia Garbal, Migrant Workers Project Officer, Irish Congress of Trade Unions;
- Fidelma O’Hagan, Anti-Trafficking Legal and Policy Adviser, Law Centre (NI); and
- Caroline Maguire, Employment Legal Adviser, Law Centre (NI).
Glenn Jordan, Director at Law Centre (NI), who will chair the discussion, commented: "We are delighted to partner with Belfast Film Festival and Unchosen for this important event which will highlight the human dimension of a hidden scandal.”
People can find themselves in situations of forced labour in legitimate businesses, not just in illegal enterprises. Many have not been trafficked but are vulnerable to exploitation, maybe because they don’t know their rights or are unsure about their immigration status.
Glenn Jordan added: “The challenge for Northern Ireland is to identify exploitation where it occurs and to ensure that victims receive full protection and that enforcement measures are put in place to create a strong deterrent.”
The Law Centre’s employment advisers provide legal advice and representation to victims of labour exploitation across Northern Ireland. The organisation’s Anti-Trafficking Young People Project helps children and young people who have been identified as victims of trafficking.
For advance booking, go to: http://belfastfilmfestival.org/films/unchosen