The 2023 report for Victim Support Europe’s annual conference is out!
Victim Support Europe (VSE)’s 2023 Annual Conference – a hybrid event with in-person participation in Berlin, Germany and online participation via the BoostEvents platform – entitled “Protecting Fundamental Freedoms, A Victim’s Perspective”, took place from 7 to 9 June. While plenary sessions and panel discussions were livestreamed, the workshops were in-person events. The conference was hosted by WEISSER RING e.V.
291 people attended the conference, along with 17 online participants. Thirty speakers from diverse fields covered themes that focused on the interconnection of fundamental freedoms and victims’ policy. Participants came from many countries: Germany had the largest representation, followed by Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, France, Finland and other EU Member States. Internationally, the United States were well represented, together with Cameroon, Brazil, and Israel, amongst others.
Day one saw us explore crimes against democracy in an ever-changing criminal environment: how stakeholders struggle to keep up with the challenges created by emerging crimes; and the challenges faced by victims of crimes against democracy.
For the first time, day two was dedicated to the work of law enforcement agencies with victims; specifically, balancing investigative work with respect for victims’ fundamental rights; and providing a secure social environment with developing a victim-sensitive trustworthy police service.
On day three, discussion focused on supporting vulnerable populations in the midst of conflict and how scaling up aid and the policy framework might address fragility, conflict, and violence.
We now look forward to the 2024 annual conference, which will take place in Zagreb, Croatia.
Explore the report below!