In 2011, a small group of people met in MRCI to start a campaign against forced labour. Each of them had survived forced labour in Ireland - enduring verbal and physical abuse, threats and imprisonment - and had seen the employers who had kept them in modern-day slavery go unpunished. Over the next two years they reached out to politicians, trade unions, employer bodies, the media, NGOs and others, raising awareness and advocating for change.
In July 2013, those campaigners sat in the Dáil and watched as a new law criminalising forced labour was introduced. This is their story.
For more information about the campaign and forced labour in Ireland, click here: mrci.ie/our-work/forced-labour-trafficking/