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Human Trafficking is a form of slavery

it is happening in Ireland. Let's end it now.

be vigilant, call 1800 25 00 25 or email blueblindfold@garda.ie

educate yourself about this crime.

Don't Close Your Eyes Poster

Don't Close Your Eyes to Human Trafficking

Don't Close Your Eyes Poster

Image by Clodagh Coughlan, Laurel Hill Secondary School

Don't Close Your Eyes Poster

Image by Amy O'Sullivan, Laurel Hill Secondary School


Why Blue Blindfold?


The concept of the Blue Blindfold is 'Don't Close Your Eyes' to Human Trafficking. The blue blindfold represents the risk of people having their eyes closed and not being aware of the crime that may be going on around them.

If you see something please call Crimestoppers 1800 25 20 25 or email: blueblindfold@garda.ie


Ireland Retains Tier 1 Status in US State Department Annual Human Trafficking Report - 2015

The US Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), as amended, requires the US Secretary of State to submit an Annual Report to the US Congress assessing the actions of countries around the world in the fight against trafficking in persons. The Report is widely known as the annual TIPs Report.

The TIPs Report rates every country's efforts in tackling human trafficking into tiers
        • Countries assessed as meeting the minimum standard for the elimination of severe forms of trafficking as set out in the TVPA are classified as Tier 1.
        • Countries assessed as not fully complying with the minimum standards, but making significant efforts to meet these minimum standards are classified as Tier 2.
        • Countries assessed as not fully complying with the minimum standards, but making some efforts to meet these minimum standards are classified as being on the Tier 2 Watchlist.
        • Countries assessed as neither complying with the minimum standards nor making significant efforts to do so are classified as Tier 3.

As Ireland has been assessed by the State Department as meeting the minimum standard for the elimination of severe forms of trafficking as set out in the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), (as amended) it has retained its top Tier 1 rating in 2015. Ireland has been classified as Tier 1 for the past six years.

As is the norm for all countries, including Tier 1 countries, the Report on Ireland contains a number of recommendations to be implemented going forward. These recommendations will be addressed within the context of the development of the Second National Action Plan to Prevent and Tackle Human Trafficking.





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