22 Nov 2017 by CST
Yesterday CST was delighted to attend the First Victims’ Summit in Westminster, hosted by Claire Waxman, Victims’ Commissioner for London.
As well as Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, other speakers included Assistant Commissioner, Patricia Gallan (MPS), Natasha Plummer (MOPAC), Rosie Sharp (London Community Foundation), Bernadette Keane (Victim Support), Claire Lindley (Chief Prosecutor from the CPS), Judith Baker (Citizens Advice Witness Service) and Sophie Linden (Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime).
The First Victims’ Summit provided an opportunity to honour victims and hear about their experiences, and help Claire Waxman transform the Criminal Justice System into a Criminal Justice Service “with the wellbeing of victims firmly at its heart.”
The Summit also launched the MOPAC funded Restore: London, which delivers the first ever Pan London Restorative Justice Service. This service is victim-led and ensures that victims are able to access consistently high-quality restorative justice services at every stage of the criminal justice system. Restorative Justice (RJ) brings those who have been harmed together with those responsible for the harm, in a fully controlled and supervised process, that provides satisfaction for the victim and enables everyone affected by an incident to be involved in repairing the harm and moving positively forward. Restorative Justice is proven to have high victim satisfaction rates, reduce reoffending and educate people about hate crime and the effects of antisemitism. Restorative Justice does not replace or reduce a court sentence but can be used alongside (and outside) the conventional criminal justice route, at any stage, even years after the incident has occurred.
CST has already participated in successful examples of RJ in London and Manchester and can offer the following help: facilitate a conference between you and the person who has caused the harm, act as a surrogate if you do not want to come face-to-face with the individual who has caused the harm, facilitate a learning session by explaining the effects of antisemitism or come as a ‘supporter’ during a conference. Please see here for more on how our Manchester team has supported the Police in the use of RJ for victims of antisemitism and here to read about a victim’s positive experience of restorative justice following an antisemitic hate crime.
If you have been affected by antisemitism and are interested in finding out about how Restorative Justice can help you, please get in contact with CST. A member of CST’s Incident Department is a volunteer practitioner with Restore:London and can explain the process more clearly to you.
21 Nov 2017 by CST
CST is proud to have stood shoulder to shoulder at the Cenotaph, with Jewish ex-servicemen and women as well as Chris Baker, a 33-year-old British Army veteran, who was a Royal Engineer before suffering permanent life-changing spinal injuries. For the first time ever, CST volunteers both protected the event and took part in the march. Read more…
20 Nov 2017 by CST
CST's National Head of Training ran a specially designed day for ten Hatzola members from the Kehilla, at CST's Hendon office on Sunday 12 November. Hatzola is a Jewish volunteer-led ambulance team which responds to medical emergencies and incidents within the community. Read more…
8 Nov 2017 by CST
A n Argentinian police investigation has revealed that the prosecutor who led the investigation into the bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires Jewish centre, was murdered and did not commit suicide, as previously claimed. The prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was found dead, with a bullet hole in his head, on 18 January 2015. His death occurred four days after accusing former President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, of masking Iran’s role in the deadly bombing of the AMIA Jewish Centre, which left 85 people dead. Read more…
Pensioner who daubed anti-Zionist and antisemitic graffiti in Dunham Massey sentenced following cooperation between CST and Police
6 Nov 2017 by CST
Timothy Rustige, a 68-year-old pensioner from Altrincham, has been sentenced following a campaign of graffiti, including antisemitism. CST’s Northern Regional office worked closely with Police following the several incidents at the River Bollin Aqueduct in Dunham Massey, that took place between August 2016 and June 2017. Read more…
CST supports National Hate Crime Awareness Week alongside major community groups, Police and Government
20 Oct 2017 by CST
CST is proud to support the annual National Hate Crime Awareness Week. It has been CST’s pleasure to join several events this week to promote education about hate crime and help those who have been affected. These events include the Surrey Police Hate Crime conference, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) stakeholders meeting at City Hall, hosted by Victim’s Commissioner Claire Waxman as well as an event with Brent Council and a visit to CST by Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister of State for Countering Extremism and Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP. Read more…
17 Oct 2017 by CST
The Crown Prosecution Service, with who m CST works closely to tackle antisemitism, has revealed that record numbers of tougher hate crime sentences are being handed down to offenders . The overall number of prosecutions for hate crime, including antisemitism, has fallen however from 15,542 in 2015-2016 to 14,480 in 2016-2017. CST representatives sit on several CPS-led scrutiny panels to ensure that antisemitic hate crime is not overlooked. Read more…