Welcome to Spirasi, Ireland’s only organization helping survivors of torture who are asylum seekers, refugees, or other disadvantaged migrant groups. Spirasi (or, the Spiritan Asylum Services Initiative) was founded in 1999 under the trusteeship of the Spiritan congregation in response to a commissioned needs assessment on asylum seekers, and since then, has helped thousands of survivors in Ireland traverse their journey here.
At Spirasi, our aim is to serve those who flee torture and severe trauma – whether through our medical diagnoses and therapeutic rehabilitation programs, our provision of support to and advocacy for those navigating Ireland’s legal system, or our educational classes aimed at helping our clients’ integration into Irish society.
Spirasi is a humanitarian, intercultural, non-governmental organisation that works with asylum seekers, refugees, and other disadvantaged migrant groups, with special concern for survivors of torture. In partnership with others, Spirasi enables access to specialist services to promote the well-being of the human person, and encourages self-reliance for integration into Ireland.
Spirasi aims to rehabilitate survivors of torture with the help of our medical doctors, psychologists, therapists, psycho-social workers, and teachers, by providing medical, therapeutic, social, and educational assistance. Spirasi also works to protect survivors of torture from the threat of refoulement, meaning the forced return of a person to a country where they face persecution. Hence, in conjunction with our focus on clients, Spirasi works with advocacy on refugee issues in government, raises awareness of the situation of refugees around the country (for example, in schools), and provides training for those who may wish to work with traumatized populations.
Partners and Funders
Spirasi’s medical, therapeutic,educational and social assistance is funded by
The Health Service Executive,The City of Dublin Education and Training Board ,TUSLA,The United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, The European Union , The World Mercy Fund and is supported by The Irish Spiritan Province.
Spirasi has been an accredited member of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) since May 2003.
ANNUAL REPORT & ACCOUNTS
2015 Annual Accounts –spirasi-financial-statements-for-the-year-2015