The Brazilian Delegation of the National Council of Public Prosecutions (CNMP) visited APAV on the 22nd of September, under the Sectoral Dialogue Program, promoted by CNMP and the European Union, which is logistically supported by APAV.
This visit expected to identify agencies and administrative structures to support women victims of crime as well as to announce the functioning of protocols with the public security organs. It started with a meeting where APAV presented its services to victims of crime and continued with a visit to the Victim Support Office of Lisbon and the Victim Support Line.
Victim Support Europe promoted the first edition of the Winter School on Supporting Victims of Terrorism. The event took place on the November 20-22 in Brussels and was attended by participants from many VSE member organizations: France Victimes, V-Europe, Slachtofferhulp Nederland, Offerrådgivningen i Danmark, Steunpunt Algemeen Welzijnswerk, Weisser Ring, Victim Support Russia and NATAL. APAV was represented by Bruno Brito, manager of RAFAVH - Support Network for Relatives and Friends of Victims of Homicide.
On the 26th of September APAV received the visit of the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement, at APAV Lisbon Headquarters. The delegation was composed of five members of Parliamentary Committee, complemented by two members of the Embassy: Mr. Craig Kelly, Member of Parliament (Chair), Senator the Hon Lisa Singh (Deputy Chair), Senator David Bushby, Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore, Ms. Sophie Dunstone (Committee Secretary and Delegation Secretary), Mr. John Fisher, Deputy Head of Mission and First Secretary of Consul e Mr. Christian Hermansson, Political and Economic Advisor of Australian Embassy.
In a partnership with FLAD - Luso-American Development Foundation, APAV hosted the visit of a group of students from Rhode Island College, USA, from 10-20 July. Following a first APAV presentation meeting, two preparatory meetings followed, with the students presenting the final result of their work on 20 July at FLAD. The group brought together a total of nine students: Stephanie Brodeur, Keighan Roy, Kelly Smith, Edwin Jorge, Auder Aldana, Casey Ganshirt, Roberto Soler, Nelida Silva and Vanessa Ruggieri; under the guidance of Professor Leslie DiManna. The students presented three proposals for communication and fundraising events, that will be implemented during the year 2018.
APAV is excited to announce that we have just started a collaboration with Slave Free Trade. Slave Free Trade is an association committed to eliminating modern slavery in business supply chains – be it at a clothing factory or at a coffee plantation. According to the Global Slavery Index, 45.8 million people are trapped in slavery right now – and we would like to help slavefreetrade to fight against it. Our collaboration will focus on raising awareness about the prevalence of slavery, contributing to the adoption of laws to protect victims of slavery and human trafficking, informing consumers, and providing support to the victims. We are looking forward to working with Slave Free Trade on our journey for justice and a fairer world.