1. In 2003, a small group of domestic workers met in the MRCI offices one Sunday evening, forming the Domestic Workers Action Group (DWAG). Ten years later, well over 300 domestic workers are active members of DWAG.

    In that decade, DWAG has changed national policy and transformed individual lives by organising, protesting and campaigning, working with Government representatives, trade unions, State bodies and national and international organisations. Above all, they have supported each other through private troubles and collective challenges.

    As of 2013, DWAG has agreed to campaign jointly with SIPTU: migrantrightscentre.tumblr.com/post/68878657229/liberty-november-2013-a-big-step-forward-for-the

    For more on these amazing women and their work, see mrci.ie/our-work/domestic/

    Some of the most beautiful images in this film come from the Opening Doors art project, which is available in full here: mrci.ie/opening_doors/

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  2. 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/

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  3. In July 2013, after over a year of campaigning (researching, strategising, appearing in the media, meeting with politicians and policymakers, film-making and making their voices heard), MRCI's Migrant Education Access group won a huge battle: Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn announced key changes in third-level fee policies. Here's how this dynamic group of young activists made it happen.

    Film made by MEA leaders Michael, Tanya, Jason, Jeslin, Saumya, Anto, Sandy and Vinny with MRCI's Helen.

    *Tongue-in-cheek title courtesy of Vinny - these young people are activists, leaders, scientists, artists, thinkers and dreamers and doers; so much more than 'a bunch of immigrant kids'!

    Watch 'Minding the Gap' on Vimeo: vimeo.com/61718292

    Learn more about the Migrant Education Access campaign: mrci.ie/our-work/young-people-education/

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  4. Do Irish restaurant-goers know the human cost of their meals?

    We believe Irish consumers care not only about what they eat, but where they eat, in terms of the pay and conditions of the workers who cook and serve their food.

    Food for Thought is a short social justice film sharing the experiences of low-wage migrant restaurant workers, in the context of the precarious work immigrants and low-wage workers are increasingly doing in recession Ireland. The film weaves together workers’ stories and interviews with trade unionists and economists reminding us that exploitation is bad for workers and bad for business. Also featured are a number of fair employers, who share an important message that it is possible to run a profitable business, abide by the law, and treat your workers with dignity and respect.

    The film is informed by research MRCI carried out in 2012 with 120 migrant restaurant workers, which identified non-compliance and exploitation as ongoing concerns in this sector.

    Visit mrci.ie/our-work/work-labour-migration/ for more information and to join the fight for rights, empowerment, and justice for low wage workers and migrants.

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  5. At 9am on Wednesday 11th December, we gathered outside the Dáil: undocumented migrants, families, supporters and friends, asking the Government to give hope to the undocumented in Ireland this Christmas. We stayed there for the next 24 hours: singing and chanting, smiling and crying together, sharing stories and flasks of tea. This is the story of our 24 Hours for Hope.

    The Jigsaw Jam with Keith O'Brien - I'm Coming Home (itunes.apple.com/ie/album/im-coming-home-single/id775340200)
    Meghan Ali - Coming Home (itunes.apple.com/ie/album/coming-home-feat.-clare-sands/id738659148)

    For more on the Justice for the Undocumented campaign, see mrci.ie/our-work/justice-for-undocumented/ and migrantrightscentre.tumblr.com/tagged/24h4hope

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