Irish Red Cross has appointed an eight-person task force as part of the society’s scaling up of operations to assist victims of the migration crisis.
The task force was announced last Saturday following a meeting of the Irish Red Cross board.
Irish Red Cross Chair, Pat Carey, said the composition of the task force reflects the areas of competence within the Irish Red Cross likely to be most relevant to supporting migrants that arrive in Ireland.
“Irish Red Cross has several hundred volunteers trained in humanitarian support and a vibrant youth section both of which could have an important role in helping migrants acclimatise and integrate.
“Our Restoring Family Links service will also inevitably be called upon to trace people who have gone missing along the migratory trail.
“We launched a Migration Crisis appeal for donations last week and the task force we be looking at how some of these donations can be used in support of those arriving in Ireland and those on the migratory trail.
“We will continue to provide funds for essential items disbursed by our international Red Cross and Red Crescent colleagues along migratory routes. And we will also consider what operational support we can provide going forward,” said Mr Carey.
The Irish Red Cross is also scaling up its contacts with government, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and other relevant actors.
These engagements will inform the work of the task force as it assesses how the Irish Red Cross can match its resources with the needs of migrants at home and abroad.
The task force will be composed of:
National Director of Units
National Director of Youth
National Director of Social Care
Three board members
Irish Red Cross Head of International Department and National Services
Donations to the Irish Red Cross Migration Crisis Appeal can be made at redcross.ie or on 1850 50 70 70.