Victim Support Europe and Weisser Ring are happy to announce the save the date for the 2023 VSE Annual Conference – Protecting fundamental freedoms, a victim’s perspective!
The Conference will be a three-day event, taking place on 7, 8 and 9th of June in Berlin, Germany. We are transforming the event’s format in 2023 – in addition to the usual two conference days, an extra day will be added in between to target a particular stakeholder in the field of victim support: law enforcement.
We will kick-off the first day of the conference by exploring the victim’s perspective when protecting fundamental freedoms. How can professionals and stakeholders catch up with the challenges of new emerging types of crime and how does this impact the victim?
The second day is oriented towards practitioners from law enforcement. We often hear that you have to choose between respecting fundamental rights and having strong security. However, respect for fundamental rights is not an obstacle to security; it is rather a route towards stronger and better security. Intelligence services play a vital role in protecting us against many challenging threats. But intelligence work, and particularly large-scale surveillance, can also interfere with fundamental rights, especially privacy and data protection. During this day, we will have the opportunity to talk about a number of these flashpoints.
The closing conference day will be oriented towards resilience and self-care for professionals who work with victims of crime. During this day, we will be featuring specialised sessions that are relevant for all stakeholders that come into contact with victims of crime.
The 2023 VSE Annual Conference will be organised and hosted in close cooperation with Weisser Ring Germany, a founding member of Victim Support Europe. With about 4000 volunteers and more than 100.000 supporters, Weisser Ring, which was founded in 1976, is Germany‘s largest victim support organisation. Annually, the organisation helps 40.000 victims with financial support, for example by covering legal fees; they are committed to achieving restorative and political improvements as well as advocating for victims‘ rights.
More information on the programme, accommodation and registration will follow soon!