Large Irish Delegation at Victims Support Europe Conference
Photo L to R: Deirdre Kenny, One in Four; Lisa Kennedy, ITAS, [front] Maria McDonald BL, Barrister & co-ordinator of the VRA, [back] Joan Deane, AdVIC, Greg Heylin, Department of Justice, [front] Geri Hanna, CEO, Victims Support NI, [back] Grace Mulvey, ICCL, Naomi Gould, Crime Victims Helpline.
There was a large Irish Contingent at the Victims Support Europe Conference in May 2015. Maria McDonald BL, Coordinator of the VRA and Deidre Kenny from One in Four, were speaking at the Conference. Also in attendance was Joan Deane from AdVIC, Grace Mulvey from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Lisa Kennedy from the Irish Tourist Assistance Service & Donna Price from the Irish Road Victims Association & Naomi Gould, National Co-ordinator, Crime Victims Helpline.
The Department of Justice was represented at the event by Greg Heylin from the Victims of Crime Office.
The Victims Support Europe Conference is a fantastic event which informs delegates of developments on victims rights in other countries and jurisdictions. One of the highlights of the Conference was the presentation by Sue O’Sullivan Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime & the presentation by Joanna Goodey Head of the Freedoms and Justice Department in the Fundamental Rights Agency. [Photo, Sue O’Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Canada]
For further information on Victim Support Europe [VSE] & the VSE Conference go to http://victimsupporteurope.eu/publications/
VRA invited to speak on its work by the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Crime Prevention Network [EUCPN]
In March 2015, Maria McDonald BL, Coordinator of the VRA was invited by the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Crime Prevention Network [EUCPN] to speak at the EUCPN Board Meeting on ‘Identifying and Preventing Secondary & Repeat Victimisation’. See http://eucpn.org/document/secondary-victimisation-conference-riga
As a result of the presentation Ms. McDonald has written an article for the EUCPN Newsletter.
Ms. McDonald will give a further presentation in June 2015 at a workshop being hosted by the EUCPN in Brussels. The focus of the workshops, is on how local practitioner (police officers, municipality workers et al) have to deal with secondary victimization. Her contributions will be used to assist the EUCPN in the development of a toolbox on this topic.
Implementing and Enforcing the Victims’ Rights Directive – 14th November 2014
On the 14th of November 2014, the VRA in conjunction with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties led JUSTICIA network [the European Rights Network] hosed a Conference on Implementing and Enforcing the Victims’ Rights Directive. The Conference took place in the Pillar Room in the Rotunda Hospital, Parnell St, Dublin 1, Ireland. It was funded by small donations from Dublin City University, the Centre for Criminal Justice in the University of Limerick and Maynooth University. The conference was free of charge to delegates.
VRA Advocate Maria McDonald BL was invited to speak at the Canadian Chief of Police CACP Victims of Crime International Forum
On the 29th of September 2014 the victims advocate, Maria McDonald BL spoke at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police [CACP] Victims of Crime International Forum on empowering Victims through Partnerships in Ottawa, Canada. She spoke on Implementing and Enforcing the Victim’s Rights Direction and the Canadian Victims’ Bill of Rights Act in Practice.VRA Members met with the Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald on the 25th of September 2014 to discuss the implementation of the Victims Rights Directive Victims Rights Alliance Launch: 15 NOVEMBER 2013
On the 15th of November the launch of the Victims’ Rights Alliance took place at 4.15pm in the Mansion House, with refreshments. The VRA was launched by the then Minister for Justice and Defence, Alan Shatter TD
The 15th of November 2013 was chosen as the launch date as it marked two years until the Directive must be transposed into Irish law. The Victims’ Rights Alliance also intends to launch a webpage on that date.
Victims Support Europe Conference in the EU Parliament in Brussels 6th November 2013.
Members of the Victims’ Rights Alliance attended the Victims Support Europe Conference in the EU Parliament in Brussels 6th November 2013. They also attended a workshop on the implementation of the Victims’Rights Directive organised byJUSTICIA [The European Rights Network] of which the Irish Council for Civil Liberties is the consortium leader.
Members (left to right):
1. David McKenna, President, Victim Support Europe,
2. Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission
3. Helgard van Hüllen, Chair of Event, Executive Board Member, Victim Support Europe
4. Teresa Jiménez-Berrecil Barrio, MEP, LIBE Committee
5. Antonyia Parvanova, MEP, FEMM Committee
6. Anna Mamai, Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union