EFRJ Newsflash
February 2016
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EFRJ News!
  The EFRJ will held its 9th conference in Leiden (The Netherlands) on 22-24 June 2016. The programme and call for abstracts will be online by the end of next week!
On 21 June, the EFRJ will also have its Annual General Meeting in Leiden. Among others, two important points in the agenda will be:

- FORUM 15: findings and recommendations of this project will be presented to members for approval.
- BOARD ELECTIONS: four new board members will be elected. The deadline for nominating candidates is 11 February!

EFRJ New Staff

The EFRJ is very happy to announce that Daria Nashat and Rik Defrère are part of our team starting from January 2016. 
Daria is the new Executive Director. She has experience in peacebuilding, refugee return, community-building, trauma awareness, and resilience strategies. Rik is the new Financial and Administrative Officer. He has a bachelor in accountancy and more than 30-year experience in the banking and investments world. Daria and Rik will work together with Edit Törzs (Deputy Director), Mirko Miceli (Liason Officer) and Emanuela Biffi (Communications and Events Officer). Check here all the EFRJ team, incl. board and secretariat!
The EFRJ team would like to thank once more its previous staff members: the Executive Officer Kris Vanspauwen, the Researcher Katrien Lauwaert, the Communication Officer Emilie Van Limbergen and the Financial and Administrative Officer Harry Knooren.



Inter-regional seminar in Istanbul! 
Registration is still open for the event 'The East meeting the West: Ideas on the development of Restorative Justice' (Istanbul, 5-7 September 2016). This is a joint initiative of the EFRJ and the Asia Pacific Forum for RJ, with the support of Istanbul Bilgi University, to bring together participants from the field of RJ practice, research or policy making from 'the East and the West'. The deadline for applications is 31 March. 
Research publications: Domestic violence and RJ

The practitioners' guide and comparative reports of the EU-funded project 'Domestic Violence and RJ' are now online! You can find them, together with other research publications, on the EFRJ website. The final seminar of this project took place in Brussels on 26 January 2016: find here the PowerPoint presentations of this event. 

Conference on communities of restoration 

On 10-12 February in Stuttgart (Germany) there will be the final conference of the EU-funded project ECOR - European Communities of Restoration in Prisons and as Alternatives to Prisons. The project seeks to adapt a methodology used succesfully in Latin America, in which communities of restoration help participants to learn to take responsibility, for themselves and for the community, for their past and for their future. More info here.


Training on Basic Restorative Practices
The International institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP Europe) is organising a 4-day course on Basic Restorative Practices in Kortrijk, Belgium (18-21 April 2016). Find here the link for further information and registration. More events (e.g. trainings and conferences) will be organised by IIRP across Europe and beyond: more info here.
Free webinars from the Zehr Institute of RJ

A series of monthly free webinars are organised by the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice during the spring time. Topics range from transforming prisons, prisoners and communities; transforming approaches to sexual assault cases on college campuses; to re-imagining justice for African Americans through a Truth and Reconciliation process; and addressing structural and racial injustice from a neuroscience perspective. Find here more info.

Art and Justice: documentary and book
  During the previous conference of the EFRJ in Belfast, we had the honor to host part of the exhibition 'Convictions' of the artist Sharon Daniel bringing together art and social justice. We already advertised her interactive documentary about RJ, 'Inside the distance'. Now a book has been published about her project: 'Art and Justice: Inside the Distance', where you find also an exchange of thoughts between Sharon Daniel and Prof. Ivo Aertsen and Brunilda Pali (KU Leuven Institute of Criminology). 
RJ in intercultural settings: ALTERNATIVE Resources


Although the 4 years long ALTERNATIVE project on restorative justice approaches to conflicts in intercultural settings just finished on 31 January, the resources are still available and more will be shared in the future. Research reports, manuals, e-books, films, interviews, articles and other useful material are available on the project website, on the Alternative Film Online Platform and on the blog. You can also follow the project's Facebook page for news on new publications.

VSE Annual conference
Victim Support Europe and Victim Support Netherlands invite you to attend the VSE Annual conference 2016 'Taking victim support to the next level, connect and commit' (Utrecht, The Netherlands, 25-26 May 2016). To learn more about the programme or register for the early bird fee, please visit the conference website. The call for workshop proposals ends on 26 February.
Human Rights Conference

Amnesty International USA is organising a Human Rights Conference bringing together a thousand of human rights activists from all over the world (Miami, 1-3 April 2016). The theme of this year is 'Change Our World'. Plenaries and workshops will reflect on identities and how these contribute to the making of justice, freedom and dignity of all human beings.

Moment of inspiration 


'Welcome to Donetsk' is an inspiring peace and storytelling project to raise awareness about the almost 9000 people who died in the war in Ukraine. The photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind and her colleagues send touristic postcards with beautiful images of Donetsk to people all over the world: each postcard includes the name, date and place of death of a person. By now, about 2000 postcards had been sent in more than 60 countries across the planet. 

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