Final Programme

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 – Arrival of guests

19:00 Pre-conference reception is being hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin. The event will take place in the Oak Room of the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 (Space Limited and allocated on a first subscribed basis)


Wednesday, 17 May 2017 – Conference day 1


08.30 Registration, coffee and tea
09:00 Word of Welcome

João Lázaro – President Victim Support Europe

Maria McDonald BL– Victims Rights Alliance Founding Member

09.10 Opening Speech

Frances Fitzgerald TD Tánaiste and Minister for Justice & Equality



Plenary Session – Panel 1 – Supporting victims across borders

Chair: Lisa Kennedy, Executive Director Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS)

Karen Joyce-McMahon, Deputy Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation Office for Victim Assistance: Supporting victims of crime across borders

Victim of Crime who has been victimised abroad

Mrs Tereza Sernets, Europol: receiving support when abroad: the Canadian experience

Mark Castle – Chief Executive, Victim Support (UK) – Supporting British victims abroad TBC

11.00 Coffee break
11:15 Workshop series A
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Workshop series B
15:30 Coffee break



Plenary Session – Panel 2 – Victim oriented criminal justice

Chair: Levent Altan, Executive Director Victim Support Europe

–       Min-Pyo Park, Director General of Violent Crimes Department, Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, Republic of Korea: Victim oriented criminal justice – Korean perspective

–      Jeroen Steenbrink, Deputy chief public prosecutor in the region North-Holland : Victim policy of the Prosecution Service in the Netherlands

–       Allison Turkel, Deputy Director for the Federal, International, and Tribal Division at the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) within the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

17:00 End of day 1
19:30 Conference dinner (reservation required, VSE AGM participants included in conference fee, other participants need to pre-pay at registration)


Thursday, 18 May 2017 – Conference day 2


09:30 Keynote speech : Michele Colbourne QC : Supporting vulnerable victims
09:50 Plenary Session – Panel 3: Supporting vulnerable victims and helping them come forward

Chair: Geraldine Hanna, CEO Victim Support NI

–       Judith Thompson, Commissioner for victims and survivors, Northern Ireland: Supporting victims of the conflict

–       Paul Giannasi, Head of the Cross-Government Hate Crime Programme UK: Victims of hate crime

–       Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, Bedfordshire Police: Victim focused Police Investigations

10:55 Coffee break
11:10 Workshop series C
12:40 Lunch
14:00 Plenary Session – Panel 4 – Supporting victims of terrorism

Chair: Victor Jammers, Director of Victim Support Netherlands

–       Katarzyna Janicka-Pawlowska, Legal officer, European Commission: : EU actions for victims of crime and terrorism

–       Levent Altan, Executive Directive, VSE: Focusing on victims after terrorist attacks

–       Michèle de Kerchove, President INAVEM. ‘Local Planning and Response to Support Terrorism Victims and Victims of Hate Crime’ 

15:00 Coffee break
15:20 Workshop series D
16:50 Plenary closing:
17:10 End of day 2
19:30 Post-conference event on the Boat and Restaurant  MV Cill Airne (reservation required, paid by participant)


Friday, 19 May 2017 – Annual General Meeting VSE


09:30 Start Annual General Meeting (VSE members only)
12:30 Lunch to go