A fond farewell to Michael Kiely, outgoing CEO of ChildFund Ireland

by Diana Quick / Blog

This month, ChildFund Alliance says goodbye to one of our longest serving CEOs, Michael Kiely. Mick joined ChildFund Ireland 14 years ago, and has been a strong advocate for the Alliance. We will miss him greatly!

Mick recently spoke with some of the Alliance Secretariat staff and shared reflections on his years of international service, including his time at ChildFund Ireland, and involvement with ChildFund Alliance.

ChildFund Alliance welcomes Kevin Hyland as CEO of ChildFund Ireland

by Diana Quick / Statements

ChildFund Alliance is pleased to announce that Kevin Hyland has been appointed the new CEO of ChildFund Ireland, a member of ChildFund Alliance, effective July 30, 2018.

Kevin is a renowned international specialist in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. His expertise has been shaped by 30 years’ experience as an officer in London’s Metropolitan Police Service, notably as head of the Human Trafficking Unit.

In 2014, Kevin was named as the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner by then-Secretary of State Theresa May. In 2015, Kevin was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his outstanding service in combating human trafficking.

Giving female rugby players from Asia’s poorest communities a once in a lifetime opportunity

by ChildFund Ireland / Statements

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 8 JUNE 2017: Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 is set to inspire young girls in Asian communities as the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), World Rugby, and ‘ChildFund Pass It Back’ bring girls from across the world’s most populous continent to Ireland to take part in an international rugby competition.

I travelled to Uganda to see the actual impact of sponsoring a child

by Ariana Dunne, SHEmazing / In the News

Ten years ago, Ariana Dunne began sponsoring Shaban, a three-year-old boy in Uganda. For the price of four cups of coffee a month, she has continued to sponsor Shaban, and recently got a chance to go and visit him.

Ariana writes about her experience sponsoring a child through ChildFund Ireland, and the emotional meeting with 13-year-old Shaban, his family and community. 

Read the full article in SHEmazing.

Kevin Hyland, ChildFund Ireland

by Diana Quick / CEO Forum

Kevin Hyland OBE is a renowned international specialist in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. In 2014, Kevin was appointed as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner by Theresa May, serving with distinction, before stepping down to undertake his role as CEO with ChildFund Ireland in July 2018. 

Prior to his role as Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin was head of the London Metropolitan Police’s Human Trafficking Unit, which was internationally recognized for developing best practice in anti-trafficking operations. He has over 30 years’ experience of investigating serious and organized crime and was successful in securing convictions of international organized crime groups behind some of the most challenging cases of slavery and trafficking.

In 2015, Kevin was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.), acknowledging his outstanding service in combating human trafficking. Kevin was also instrumental in the establishment of the Santa Marta Group, a high-level strategic partnership between international law enforcement agencies, the Catholic Church and civil society, which was launched by Pope Francis at the Vatican in April 2014.

Kevin is also Chairperson of "The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Project in Ireland," a project established to identify, collate, create and analyze databases relating to information on the scale and scope of human trafficking into and within the island of Ireland.

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