Smith van Lin

Lorraine Smith van Lin

Working for victim's rights to be better understood and fully respected


Providing expert advice and technical support on victim rights, justice and human rights


Working to build capacity and knowledge of victim rights and survivor engagement


Speaking out and helping to change the narrative around victim's rights and roles

“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!”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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.

About Lorraine

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.