Lorraine Smith van Lin
Working for victim's rights to be better understood and fully respected
“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself!”
Advancing Victim's Rights
Our impact is not determined by how many laws and policy papers articulate the rights of victims, but by how many lives are changed for the better.
Lorraine is the Director of SmithvanLin Consultancy and Founder of Tallawah Justice for Women, a non-profit organisation connecting women who lead survivor and grassroots organisations in the Global South, amplifying their voices and supporting them with the tools to advocate for women everywhere. A passionate human rights advocate and fierce defender of the rights of women and victims, Lorraine’s focus is on victim rights, justice reform, witness protection and ending violence against women.
How I Work
I work collaboratively with multiple partners and directly with survivors to advance victim rights and develop meaningful and progressive solutions for victims
Collaboration & Synergy
Partnering with practitioners and experts who are also committed to advancing victim rights
Direct Survivor Engagement
Engaging directly with survivors so that processes and solutions are informed by their perspectives
Advocacy & Discussions
Contributing to discussions which foster greater understanding about victims of crime
Change is a Continuum
Doing the right thing once, or every now and then, does not work. This mission is not a box to check off, it is the result of consistent, judicious action to translate the rhetoric of victims’ rights into practical action leading to changed lives.