JFM Research publishes Supplementary Guide to Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme
JFM Research has published a Supplementary Survivor Guide to the Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme.
In July 2013, in response to the difficulty expressed by some survivors in understanding their entitlements under the Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme (referred to as the ‘Ex-Gratia Scheme’), JFM Research published a Survivor Guide to the Restorative Justice Scheme to provide guidance and inform, empower and enable survivors.
Unfortunately, some survivors have continued to express confusion and distress in navigating the Scheme. With this in mind therefore, this Supplementary Guide represents a response to ongoing concerns JFM Research has with the Ex Gratia scheme, many of which are laid out in an opinion piece in today's Irish Examiner.
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JFM Research welcomes UN Report on the Holy Sea; calls for immediate State action on Magdalene Laundries restorative justice scheme
JFM Research welcomes the UN Report on the Holy See and points out that the Catholic church and the four religious orders that ran Magdalene Laundries in Ireland (Sisters of Charity, Sisters of Mercy, Good Shepherd Sisters, Sisters of our Lady of Charity) HAVE refused to accept unanimous survivor testimony that they were imprisoned and subjected to forced labour and torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. None of the orders have offered an apology to Magdalene survivors, nor have they contributed to the compensation fund. The Catholic Church has not made any attempt to instigate an internal investigation into Magdalene abuse, nor has it held anyone accountable for what happened. Moreover, the State has allowed the church to continue to operate in secrecy, with the religious orders insisting that records submitted to the McAleese Committee should be returned and copies destroyed.
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Justice for Magdalenes (JFM), the survivor advocacy group, is announcing the end of its political campaign, begun in June 2009.
Read the entire exit statement > >
Justice for Magdalenes gratefully ackowledges The Ireland Fund of Great Britain for its recent grant. This funding will enable JFM to cover expenses associated with our final push in the UN Committee Against Torture process, to gather and print testimonies, and to perform further research in order to assist the Inter-Departmental Committee's inquiries into state interaction with the Laundries.
We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the Feminist Review Trust, under which JFM has been gathering testimonies in conjunction with and as a pilot phase of the UCD Magdalene Oral History Project (which is also funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Science), directed by Dr. Katherine O'Donnell, Director of Women's Studies at UCD's School of Social Justice and JFM Advisory Committee member.