Embrace LogoEMBRACE is a group of Christians from different denominations working together to promote a positive response to people who are seeking asylum, refugees, migrant workers and people from minority-ethnic backgrounds living in Northern Ireland.

The charity was officially launched on 22nd October 2003 in the Wellington Park Hotel in Belfast. The Rev. Arlington Trotman, Secretary of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Commission for Racial Justice, spoke at the launch, welcoming this initiative.

EMBRACE is registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC100294.


Management Committee
EMBRACE is run by a Committee of elected and co-opted volunteers, representing a variety of church backgrounds. They bring a richness of knowledge and experience in understanding migration, relating across cultures, advocacy, legislation and theology. Elections to Committee are held annually at the AGM in May.

Committee: May 2017 -2018

Irene Jovaras – Chairperson
Dave Morton – Vice-Chair
Noreen Christian – Honorary Secretary
Denise Wright – Treasurer
Scott Boldt
Margaret McNulty
Patricia Carty
David Smyth
Dougie Tyler
Milad Korkis
Richard Kerr