Nasc hosts Roma anti-racism training for Gardai

Wed, October 28, 2015

Facilitator's of Nasc's Roma anti-racism training

Facilitator’s of Nasc’s Roma anti-racism training

Last week Nasc, in collaboration with Cork Community Policing and the Garda Racial, Intercultural and Diversity Office (GRIDO), hosted a Roma anti-racism training for 10 members of An Garda Síochána in Cork City.

The training was an all day session that included input from ourselves, GRIDO, and from representatives of the Roma community, who spoke about their experiences of racism and discrimination.  The training covered issues relating to racism and ethnic profiling, human rights, and the role of ethnic liaison officers.

The aim of the training was to improve relations between An Garda Síochána and the Roma community in Cork, to build awareness of the issues that affect the Roma community and the impact of racism and ethnic profiling on new communities, and to increase the effectivity of policing.  The collaborative development and delivery of the training is innovative, and has received strong support from the Garda Commissioner and Chief Superintendent Mick Finn.

The training was delivered as part of Nasc’s ‘Making Roma Rights Real’ project, which is funded by the Open Society Initiative for Europe.  For more information about Nasc’s Roma Rights project, click here.