KEVIN Hyland, the former UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner and Head of New Scotland Yard Human Trafficking Unit, was a guest at De la Salle College.
Students from other schools attended to hear Mr Hyland talk about smuggling and human trafficking, the role of communities and what is required of government, multilateral bodies and private business.
Visiting Waterford schools included St. Angela’s, Mercy, Presentation and Newtown Secondary and Scoil Mhuire from Carrick-on-Suir.
Mr Hyland, who is Ireland’s representative on the Council of Europe Trafficking Group of Experts, also told the story of Frederick Douglass who came to Ireland in 1845 and spoke
in Waterford having escaped slavery in Maryland, Virginia. He was later to be appointed the State Marshall of Washington DC.