The Department of Justice and Law Reform and the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland are working together to raise public awareness of human trafficking across Ireland. The Blue Blindfold campaign was launched by Justice Minister David Ford at Stormont and the Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern launched a public information campaign in Dublin.
Ireland has ratified both the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The former came into effect in Ireland on July 17 2010 and the latter on November 1 2010.
The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit and the Garda Síochána are working with a wide range of organisations in tackling the issue including the International Organisation for Migration, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Council of Europe, the United Nations and the EU. The Garda Síochána also works in close co-operation with Europol, Interpol, Eurojust and Frontex.
In the Republic of Ireland, members of the public can familiarise themselves with what human trafficking is and how to spot the signs by logging on to www.blueblindfold.gov.ie or report suspicions of human trafficking anonymously to the Garda Síochána through Crimestoppers at 1800 25 00 25 or via a dedicated email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Northern Ireland, the website is www.blueblindfold.co.uk and suspicions can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Information can also be found on www.nidirect.co.uk.