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Join us for a public seminar on the impact of forced displacement on people, poverty and human rights.

Tackling Forced Displacement: people, poverty & rights 
Thursday 25th October 2018 
Wood Quay Venue, Dublin (click here for directions)
9:30am to 12:30pm (registration from 9:00am) followed by a light lunch

Click here to download the flyer.


During 2016, 10.3 million people were newly-displaced from their homes, an average of 20 people every minute throughout the year (UNHCR). This is a global crisis. Forced displacement is a cause of poverty and erodes human rights.

UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is held annually on 17th October. The theme for 2018 is ‘coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity’ and marks the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

To mark the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Misean Cara will host a public seminar to hear from Irish missionary organisations working in the Global South to support people who have been forcibly displaced. The seminar will also address linkages to displacement, rights and advocacy issues in Ireland and internationally.

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For more information and to register please email info@miseancara.ie.


Sr Denise Boyle
Keeping Human Beings & Rights in Focus –
Experiences From Lebanon.

Sara Amarilla,
Fratelli Project,

Sara Amarillas – born and studied in Mexico. La Salle Alumnus, graduated as a Multimedia Engineer, but always involved in the social engagement activities developed by the Lasallian community, from Missionary trips, Youth groups, to volunteering.Currently a volunteer at the Fratelli Project in Lebanon, the first long-term volunteer involved in the project, being there from July 2017 up to this moment, working with Syrian and Iraqi refugees and also Lebanese and Palestinian children and youth in a vulnerable situation.Sara has also been to Aleppo, visiting a project there, which allows her to even better understand the background of the beneficiaries of Fratelli socio-educational programmes.

Click here to visit the Fratelli Project Facebook page.

Exploring the Global Compacts as the
World’s Response to the Crisis.

Sr. Denise Boyle,
Coordinator, Global Action,
Mercy International Association.

Denise Boyle is an Irish Franciscan Missionary (FMDM) who has spent 30 years overseas first in Australia, then Zimbabwe and Geneva. Initially she was involved in secondary education, before moving into human rights education and advocacy work full time in 1992, with a particular focus on women and children’s rights, including opposition to human trafficking.Since March 2014, Denise has been the Coordinator of Global Action for Mercy International Association (MIA). Its key focus areas are ‘Displacement of Peoples’ including refugees and migrants, and ‘Cosmology / Eco-justice’, encompassing all areas related to care of Earth. The MIA justice programme is underpinned by a rights based approach, using the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and ‘Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home’, the encyclical of Pope Francis, as global norms for action.

Click here to visit the Mercy International Association website.

Seeking Asylum in Europe:
Protection under Threat.

David Moriarty,
Assistant Director,
Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland (JRS).

JRS is an international NGO, founded in 1980 and working in over 50 countries. Their mission is to accompany, to serve and to advocate for refugees and forcibly displaced persons worldwide.JRS programmes provide assistance to refugees in camps, to people displaced within their own country, to asylum seekers in cities and those in detention.

Click here to visit the Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland website.


Nick Henderson,

Irish Refugee Council.

Nick is the CEO of the IRC and is responsible for operational management, fundraising, advocacy and policy development, media and day to day governance. Prior to his appointment as CEO in October 2016, Nick managed ‘Integrity at Work’, an initiative of Transparency International Ireland promoting supportive working environments for whistleblowers. Nick has also managed Amnesty International Ireland’s work on economic, social and cultural rights, was Legal Officer with the IRC Independent Law Centre from 2011-2014 and also worked with the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland on the criminalisation of forced labour. Prior to coming to Ireland he was a legal representative for people seeking asylum with the Refugee Legal Centre in London from 2004-2010, during which he took a sabbatical and was Legal Officer with Jesuit Refugee Service in Cambodia.

Click here to visit the Irish Refugee Council website.

Resources – Tackling Forced Displacement

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Photo caption: Kaya Refugee Camp, Maban County, South Sudan. Photo by Paul Jeffrey 2018.