In August 2015, Judith Thompson was appointed as Commissioner for Victims and Survivors of the conflict in Northern Ireland. This role was established by legislation in 2006 and its principal aim is to promote the interests of victims and survivors. Judith’s commitment to promoting the interests of victims and survivors of conflict and trauma is based on more than 30 years working in various roles within Justice organisations and in communities.
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Her commitment to promoting the interests of victims and survivors of conflict and trauma is based on over 30 years working in various roles within justice organisations and in communities.
Originally from Stockport in England Judith came to Northern Ireland in 1984. In her early years as a community-based probation officer in North Belfast, she saw first-hand the impact of the conflict both on families and on communities.
Judith later worked within Skills for Justice where she supported police reform and ensured standards for policing within the community were fit for purpose.
Since her appointment as Commissioner, Judith has implemented, and continually reviews standards for service delivery for victims and survivors and has delivered policy advice introducing a new service delivery model.
She has advocated for progress on legacy issues and has delivered advice to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the Irish government on ‘Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past’ (January 2019).
Judith has engaged and networked internationally to promote shared learning amongst post-conflict societies including travelling to Afghanistan in 2016 as part of an EU delegation and to Bosnia in 2017 as part of Remembering Srebrenica. In addition to this, Judith has hosted delegations from Switzerland, Israel and Turkey.
She is responsible for convening the Victims and Survivors Forum as a place for consultation on issues affecting victims and survivors of the conflict and ensuring their lived experience is kept at the heart of all research and policy advice development carried out by her office.
Judith is married and has two grown-up daughters.