Immigrant Council of IrelandWith over 12-years experience the Immigrant Council of Ireland is the leading voice in securing improved rights and protections which benefit Irish citizens, migrants and their families. As an organisation we pride ourselves on being pro-active. We offer support, advice and information, while also achieving positive change through strategic legal action and engagement with lawmakers to make immigration laws fit for purpose. Ensuring access to justice is the cornerstone of all our work. We are committed to supporting individuals and families often at a vulnerable stage in their life. We work in coalition with like minded individuals, organisations, stakeholders and investors to deliver genuine change at both a national and European level. Since our establishment by Sr Stanislaus Kennedy in 2001, the Immigrant Council of Ireland has used its frontline services not just to meet the immediate needs of people, but has also used this experience to put forward clear, evidence based proposals to change Irish law. Within 5 years our role as a provider of innovative responses to integrate a rapidly changing population was not only recognised but enhanced when we became the first and only Independent Law Centre in the migrant sector. Since then our dual legal and advocacy approach, supported by our frontline services, has ensured real change including: the withdrawal of an ad hoc policy regarding international students, the recognition of de facto couples for the purpose of family reunification, protections for migrant victims of domestic violence and the introduction of Ireland’s first citizenship ceremonies. We never shy away from public debate and opportunities to increase awareness. The ICI engages with all Ireland’s media outlets, has a reach in excess of 80,000 per week on social media, and are a go-to service for commentators seeking on and off the record briefings. Much has been achieved thanks to our supporters and investors, but there is more which must be put right. Our focus now is: – The introduction of an immigration system which is clear, fair and just for all – The establishment of an independent appeals service for immigration decisions – Encouraging integration and participation in all aspects of Irish life – A robust response to racism – Changes in the law to end sex trafficking We invite you through this website, as well as through our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts, to join us to ensure Ireland is a country which offers fairness, equality and protection for all who want to call it home.
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