Plenary speakers(In order of appearance)
Ilze Brands Kehris assumed the chairmanship of the Management Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights at the beginning of 2010. Ms Brands Kehris, who has particular expertise in national minority rights, is also, since 2011, Director of the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, located in The Hague, and, prior to this, from 2002 to 2011, held the position of Director of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights. She has served as First Vice-President of the Advisory Committee of the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. From 2004 to 2007, Ms Brands Kehris was Vice-Chairperson of the Management Board of the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia and has since been a member of the FRA Executive Board.
Morten Kjærum is the Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, a position he assumed in June 2008. Before joining the FRA, Mr Kjærum served as the founding Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Over 17 years in top executive roles, Mr Kjærum built the Institute, Denmark’s national human rights institution, into an internationally recognised institution. An expert in human rights implementation, Mr Kjærum has been a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the President of the International Coordination Committee for National Human Rights Institutions, a network coordinating relations between the United Nations and national institutions. Mr Kjærum has written extensively on issues relating to human rights, in particular on refugee law, the prohibition against racial discrimination, and the role of national human rights institutions.
Ylva Tivéus is Director of Citizens at the Directorate-General Communication of the European Commission. During her 16 years at the European Commission, Ms Tivéus has held a number of positions – all related to communication. She has served, among other roles, as Head of the Citizens' and Media Centre in the Directorate-General for Information, Communication, Culture and Media Policy; Head of Communication and Civil Society Unit in the Directorate-General for the Environment; and Director of Communication Tools and Multimedia Communication in the Directorate-General for Press and Communication. Before joining the European Commission, Ms Tivéus was head of information of the Swedish Work Environment Fund and editor-in-chief of various magazines. She spent seven years in Copenhagen as Head of Communication of the Nordic Council of Ministers before joining the European Commission in 1995.
Chair of the meeting
Since 2009, Friso Roscam Abbing has been the Head of Communication Department at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Prior to this, he was a Member of Cabinet of the European Commission Vice-President Jacques Barrot, the Commissioner for Freedom, Security and Justice, where he was responsible for refugee policy, fundamental rights and citizenship issues. From 2004–2008, he was the spokesman of European Commission Vice President Franco Frattini, the Commissioner responsible for Freedom, Security and Justice issues. Mr Roscam Abbing has a strong background in refugee policy issues, both from an intergovernmental and a non-governmental perspective. Between 2000 and 2004, he headed the EU Asylum Polices sector at the European Commission's DG Justice, Freedom and Security. Before this, he led the EU Office of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE, 1994-2000) after starting his career as Head of the Legal Department at the Dutch Refugee Council (1986-1994).
Victims' rights and under-reporting: how can we further cooperation between national human rights institutions, equality bodies and civil society?
Jozef de Witte chairs the Executive Board of the European Network of Equality Bodies (EQUINET). Since 2004, Mr de Witte has led the Belgian equality body and national human rights institution, the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism. The centre's mission is to combat racism and discrimination and to promote equal opportunities on all grounds except gender, to inform the authorities on migration stocks and flows; to guarantee the respect for the fundamental rights of foreigners; and to foster the fight against human trafficking. Recently, the Centre was appointed as the independent mechanism to monitor the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Mr de Witte studied Psychology and Criminology, and has a Master’s degree in Management.
Alan Miller was elected in 2007 by the Scottish Parliament as the first Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission. Before this, he served as Director of the Scottish Human Rights Centre. He is a former President of the Glasgow Bar Association and previously ran a law practice in Castlemilk, Glasgow. He teaches human rights on the LLM programme at the University of Strathclyde, where he is a member of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law. Professor Miller also brings an international perspective and insight gained from engagement with the United Nations and other bodies in capacity-building initiatives in around 20 countries around the world. This has included working with Iraqi, Sudanese and Palestinian lawyers as well as acting as adviser to the Global Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights led by Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Alicja Głuszek is an Executive Board Member of the La Strada Foundation against trafficking in persons and slavery in Poland. She has been active in the La Strada Foundation since 2004 and is currently responsible for research and international cooperation. She has also worked extensively in victim assistance, participated in awareness-raising projects and carried out fundraising activities. Her expertise covers such issues as anti-trafficking criminal policy, assistance to victims of trafficking, reintegration programmes and the role and mechanisms of international cooperation to combat trafficking in human beings.
Joanna Goodey is Head of the Freedoms and Justice Department at the FRA. Ms Goodey has a PhD in criminology. From the mid 1990s she held lectureships in criminology and criminal justice – first in the Law Faculty at the University of Sheffield, and then at the University of Leeds. Subsequent to that she was a research fellow at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime for two years, and has also been a consultant to the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board. She was also a regular study fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg. She is the author of the academic textbook Victims and Victimology: Research, Policy and Practice (2005), and co-editor of the book, together with A. Crawford, on Integrating a Victim Perspective within Criminal Justice: International Perspectives (2000). To date, she has published over thirty academic journal articles and book chapters on issues ranging from the criminalisation of migrants, through to human trafficking and survey research.
Massimo Toschi is a Programme Manager at the FRA. He is in charge of cooperation with national human rights institutions, equality bodies and civil society (Fundamental Rights Platform); and is involved in the agency's work on violence against women. Previously, Mr Toschi was the Chief of the Child Protection Unit at the United Nations (UN) Peace-Keeping Mission in Haiti (2006-2009) and worked at the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (2002-2005). Before joining the UN, Mr Toschi worked at the European Commission and was responsible for the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights in Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine and Mongolia. His professional carreer began with European NGOs in Brussels – he worked at the European Human Rights Foundation, the European Liaison Office Telefono Azzurro 'Help Line for Children', and the European Forum for Child Welfare.
Multiple discrimination – mainstreaming intersectionality into fundamental rights work
Virginia Wangare Greiner is founder and Director of Maisha e.V.- African Women in Germany - a grass-roots African women's organisation based in Frankfurt, Germany. She works with undocumented African migrants as well as migrants from Russia and other Eastern European countries. She is also Vice-Chair of the European Network of Migrant Women and has served as an expert in several consultative structures on integration and migration issues in Germany, including the German Integration Planning Committee. As an African woman, Virginia has personally experienced multiple discrimination and will share her story.
Juan Gonzalez-Mellizo joined the Non-discrimination policies and Roma coordination unit of the Equality Directorate in DG Justice, Freedom and Security in 2010 where he currently works as team leader of non-discrimination policies. He started working in 1998 on European affairs first in the private sector and then for the Spanish public administration. He joined the European Commission in 2004 to work in different areas related to social inclusion. He studied economics and has two Master's degrees in Political Science and Management.
Anastasia Crickley is a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). From 2007 to 2010 Ms Crickley was the chairperson of the first Management Board of the FRA and before that the chairperson of the FRA’s predecessor, the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC). Ms Crickley is also Head of Department of Applied Social Studies at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. In Ireland she has been associated with human rights development for the last two decades – Ms Crickley was founder and chair of Pavee Point Travellers Centre, founder of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland and chairperson of the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism. Ms Crickley served as Personal Representative to the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination. She was a member of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention on National Minorities of the Council of Europe, a founding member and delegate to the European Anti-Poverty Network and to the European Network Against Racism.
Silvia Cutrera is member of the Women’s Committee of the European Disability Forum. She is also the Chairperson of the Agency for Independent Living of Rome (Italy), associated with the European Network Independent Living - a non-profit organisation aimed at fostering social activities towards inclusion and supporting people with disabilities by promoting the principles and practices of independent living. Ms Cutrera is a member of the Italian board of Disabled People's International. Ms Cutrera studied political science and holds a Master's degree in historical materials. She is an expert in teaching the Holocaust.
Ludovica Banfi is Programme Manager in Social Research in the Equality and Citizens' Rights department at the FRA. Her areas of expertise include health and migration, multiple discrimination and gender equality. Before joining the FRA in 2010, Ms Banfi worked as research fellow at the University of Bologna, the University of Trento and at Middlesex University; and as research assistant in non-governmental organisations in Canada, Italy and the Ukraine. She holds a PhD in Sociology and has published a number of articles, book chapters and reports in the fields of migration and discrimination.