Portrait of Edit Törzs

Edit Törzs

Executive Director

Edit (Hungary) studied law at the ELTE University Budapest, where she later followed the PhD programme in the field of Criminology. She also has a degree in European and French Law from Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris (France). From 2004 she worked for the Hungarian Probation Service and from 2006 was responsible for the field of victim-offender mediation. She is a trained mediator and facilitator of restorative conferences and she almost completed a 4-year programme in dance therapy. She joined the EFRJ in February 2012 as a project officer in the project ‘ALTERNATIVE’ on RJ in intercultural settings and since 2016 she is the Executive Director of the EFRJ.

 +32 (0)488690479  / edit.torzs@euforumrj.org

Kris Vanspauwen

Kris Vanspauwen

Strategic Advisor

Kris (Belgium) is a criminologist (KU Leuven), senior mediator, and senior associated researcher (KU Leuven). Throughout his career, he has built up an interest and experience in social and strategic development. Moreover, in the last years, he gained some life experience in resilience and transformation. He's engaged actively in writing and speaking on these topics. At the EFRJ he fills in a part-time role as a strategic advisor/coach. 


Emanuela Biffi

Emanuela Biffi

Events & Project Officer

Emanuela (Italy) studied Liberal Arts at the University College Maastricht (The Netherlands) with a focus on social psychology and criminal law and the Master programme in Criminology at KU Leuven (Belgium). She joined the EFRJ team in September 2013, mostly working as a project officer in different EU-funded projects on access to restorative justice (Accessibility), on justice and security in intercultural settings (ALTERNATIVE), on restorative justice training (KINTSUGI) and on child victims (i-Restore). She also worked as a researcher for the KU Leuven Institute of Criminology in a project on the implementation of the EU Victims' Directive (IVOR). In 2016-2019 she managed communications and events at the EFRJ. Since 2020 she focuses again on research projects.

+32 (0)466 209112 / emanuela.biffi@euforumrj.org

Rik Defrère

Rik Defrère

Finance & Administration Officer

Rik (Belgium) has a bachelor in accountancy. After a more than 30-year experience in the banking and investments world, he puts his knowledge at the service of non-profit organisations. Since January 2016, he is the responsible for the financial management of the EFRJ, in the role of Finance and Administration Officer.

 +32 (0)466 209112 / rik.defrere@euforumrj.org

Laura Hein

Laura Hein

Policy Officer

Laura (Italy) studied Political Science at the University of Bologna with a focus on international and European human rights law and case law. She has extended professional experiences as project and policy officer working with NGOs in the field of development and cooperation, migrant’s rights, anti-discrimination and conflict resolution. She also researched and worked in the field, mainly in Latin America. In 2016, she joined the KU Leuven’s research team in Transitional Justice and Human Rights in the implementation of academic activities and, in March 2018, she started her PhD in Criminology. She joined our team in May 2018 to contribute to the development and implementation of the organisation’s policy and advocacy work. She has a keen interest in policy related issues and in further explore the links between restorative and transitional justice.

+32 (0)489 970881 /  laura.hein@euforumrj.org


Bálint Juhász

Bálint Juhász

Training and Communication Officer

Bálint (Hungary) has been working extensively with education and training programmes, cultural project management and theatre internationally. Previously, he was the educational programme manager of the performing arts company, Krétakör. He led Krétakör Free School, a democracy awareness programme for students. He has experience in working with marginalised groups of society. In Brussels, he led community theatre workshops for vulnerable families. He holds a degree of Literature and Linguistics from ELTE University Budapest and completed a Master in Education with a focus on drama at Trinity College Dublin. He joined EFRJ in 2019 to contribute to the organisation’s training development and communication.

+32 (0)483 388724 /  balint.juhasz@euforumrj.org

Júlia Barjau

Júlia Barjau Dachs

Administrative Officer

Júlia (Spain) holds a Social Work degree from the University of Barcelona where she began to collaborate with several non-profit organisations mostly in the field of migrant’s rights. In France, she worked in the Forum Réfugiés organisation for 5 years with unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers as well as with victims of human trafficking. She also participated in the Université Lumière (Lyon) programme about Anthropology Related to Social and Cultural Changes. She has a keen interest in social and environmental justice and gender related issues. She joined the European Forum for Restorative Justice in 2019 contributing to the communication and the Secretariat’s administration. 

+33 (0)616071775 / julia.barjau@euforumrj.org

Malini Laxminarayan

Malini Laxminarayan

Project Officer

Malini  (The Netherlands) received her M.A. degree from KU Leuven in 2007, where she was first introduced to the topic of restorative justice. Since that time, she has conducted research in areas related to victim rights, transitional justice, gender-based violence and access to justice. Her victimological background began during her doctoral research, “The Heterogeneity of Crime Victims: Procedural and Outcome Preferences.” Following this, she worked as a project coordinator at the European Forum for Restorative justice, with the aim of bringing more attention to the field of restorative justice and increasing its accessibility. Malini works as a Program Manager at the Mukwege Foundation, aiming to build networks of conflict-related sexual violence survivors to enhance their participation in processes and decisions affecting them. Malini joined the EFRJ again in April 2020, working on the project LetsGoByTalking: Protecting and defending the rights of victims of anti-LGBT hate crimes.


Silvia Randazzo

Silvia Randazzo

Project Officer

Silvia (Italy) is a child justice expert with extensive experience as project manager and researcher. She researched in Italy and in the field, mainly in Kenya, where she also coordinated projects, always focusing on child protection and youth justice. In 2017, she moved to Brussels where she has been working as project manager, independent researcher and grant writer. She contributed to the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of their Liberty, and in 2019 she has been researching on diversion and restorative justice with children in East Africa.
She coordinated the EU project “Implementing Restorative Justice with Child Victims” (2017-18), in partnership with the EFRJ, and co-authored a practical guide on restorative justice with children. In 2019, she started the collaboration with the Forum on the Erasmus+ project “Kintsugi”. In the last months of 2019, she started her Phd in Criminology at KU Leuven, and she joined the Forum as Project Officer for the project “Re-Justice”, designing judicial training on restorative justice.

+32 (0)466 209112 / silvia.randazzo@gmail.com

Georgina Colomé

Georgina Colomé Ginella

Policy Intern

Georgina (Spain) studied Criminology at the University of Barcelona, and the MSc programme in Criminology at KU Leuven with a focus on international and EU policy developments in the areas of criminal justice and cross-border crime. She developed a growing interest for restorative justice through her master. In her thesis, she conducted a discourse analysis of the main international restorative justice policy documents from the Council of Europe, the United Nations and European Union. She has a keen interest in EU policy related issues, alternative means of conflict resolution, juvenile justice, and gender related issues. In 2020 she joined the EFRJ as a policy intern to contribute to the organisation’s policy and advocacy work.

maria belio bergua

María Belío Bergua

Translation Intern

María (Spain) studied Modern Languages and Translation in the University of Alcalá de Henares and is currently enrolled in a MA in the University of Geneva, where she is specializing in legal and institutional translation, mainly from English into Spanish. She does not have previous experience in the area of restorative justice but has collaborated as a volunteer translator with different NGOs and would like to pursue a career in this path of humanitarian and social translation work. She is interested in languages, human rights, gender issues, and Social Justice in general. She has joined the Forum in 2021 as an intern to contribute to the distribution of different materials in various languages and extend their reach.

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Thanks to our former EFRJ staff!

  • Hanga Hasznos, intern (2020)
  • Sofie Doorman, intern (2019)
  • Annika Schuurman, intern (2018)
  • Valentina Ivcec, volunteer (2017-2018)
  • Kris Vanspauwen, executive officer (2013-2015) and consultant (2016-2017)
  • Martine Rietman, intern (2017)
  • Mirko Miceli, liaison officer (2014-2016)
  • Daria Nashat, executive director (2016)
  • Katrien Lauwaertresearcher of ALTERNATIVE and research-coordinator of Desistance and RJ (2013-2015)
  • Emilie Van Limbergencommunication officer of ALTERNATIVE (2014-2015)
  • Harry Knooren, financial and administrative officer (2015)
  • Jozefina Gjelaj, financial and administrative officer (2014)
  • Monique Anderson, executive officer (2012-2013)
  • Tzeni Varfi, project officer of the Judicial Training project (2013-2014)
  • Daniela Bolivar, research coordinator of Victims and RJ (2012)
  • Inge Vanfraechem, research coordinator of Victims and RJ (2011)
  • Jeanine Dams, admin officer (2010-2011)
  • Estelle Zinsstag, research coordinator of Conferencing (2009-2011)
  • Karolien Mariën, executive officer (2009-2012)
  • Anniek Gielen, project officer (2009)
  • Carmen Borg, project officer (2009)
  • Brunilda Pali, research coordinator of Building social support for RJ (2008-2010)
  • Leni Sannen, project officer (2008)
  • Jolien Willemsens, executive officer (2000-2009)
  • Ines Staiger, project officer (2007-2008)