Wednesday, May 27th, 2015


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Press Release: International High Profile Patrons Join IARS

At a critical point in the development of IARS, we are proud to announce that three high profile figures have joined the IARS team as its Patrons. These are: Emeritus Professor Dr. Judy Atkinson (ex-Director of Gnibi the College of Indigenous Australian Peoples), Professor Dr. Kay Hampton (Scottish Human Rights Commissioner) and Simon Israel (Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent). Professor Dr. Howard Williamson CBE (University of South Wales) and Dr. Daniel Briggs (Universidad Europea de Madrid) also joined IARS Academic Board.


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Punishing domestic violence? Simples!

This week, our Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Theresa May, closed her public consultation on strengthening the law on domestic violence. There seems to be a wish to create a specific offence that captures patterns of coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate relationships. I continue to cast doubt as to whether penalisation and criminalisation of social justice failures, such as domestic violence, will provide us with answers.

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International Networking Evening: 20 November

The Trustees of IARS and Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent and IARS' Patron, Simon Israel are delighted to hold this year's biggest international justice networking event in the evening of Thursday 20th (17:30 - 19:00) at the Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL.

The reception is held on behalf of the charity in celebration of International Restorative Justice Week following IARS 2014 Annual Conference. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in a career in human rights, criminal justice or restorative justice as it will bring together leading experts, employers, policy makers, practitioners, barristers and academics from Europe, Canada, South Africa, Australia, the US and New Zealand. Tickets (£15) can be purchased online or by emailing and are available on a first come basis.

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IARS' submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Immigration Detention in the UK

IARS has supported one of the refugee women involved in our Abused No More project to submit written evidence of her direct personal experience of immigration detention. Mariam was detained twice, and altogether spent two years in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre. When in Yarl's Wood, she applied for bail eleven times, and was refused: 'Everytime I was refused bail, I would have a nervous breakdown but there was no psychological support available'.

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IARS' "Race in Probation" at the Association of Black Probation Officers (ABPO)

IARS continues it research, policy and training programme "Race in Probation" led by its Founder and Director Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

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Call for Volunteer Contributors for 99% Campaign Blog!

The 99% Campaign is recruiting a group of 8 young people aged 16-25 to assist in the design and development of the 99% Campaign Blog and its social media platforms. We are looking for young  photographers, aspiring film-makers and bloggers to advocate passionately for youth issues.

About the 99% Campaign

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Immigration: What young people think politicians should consider

Dear James Brokenshire,

RE: Immigration Questionnaire Response

I am writing to answer the questions posed by the Conservative party in regards to immigration. I apologies that it is not in the format which is required by the Conservatives (online questionnaire), the reason we have not done so is explained throughout Annex B

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IARS and the 99% Campaign at the EU Expert Seminar "Mapping the barriers to social inclusion for young people"

Key representatives in the field of youth research, policy and practice from across Europe will come together at an Expert Seminar on the 30th – 2nd October at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg to ‘map the barriers to social inclusion for young people in vulnerable situations’IARS and the