Towards a better Border Force approach to victims of trafficking
In summer 2016, Law Centre (NI) was the only Northern Ireland organisation to feed into an inspection of the UK Border Force approach to victims of human trafficking. The Chief Inspector has just issued the inspection report, where many of our concerns are reflected.
In particular, we had highlighted that Border Force had made only one NRM (National Referral Mechanism) trafficking referral in three years (out of a total of 139 referrals). The report discusses the extremely low rate of referrals and recommends more robust training to ensure that Border Force staff are better able to identify victims of trafficking rather than focus on immigration and criminality matters.
The Law Centre will request that Northern Ireland's Department of Justice makes note of the findings and seeks to monitor progress.