This is not the first time you are working with us, several of us already met you while you were working on the Accessibility and Initiation of Restorative Justice project. What was particularly interesting for you in the LetsGoByTalking project?
I was really excited reading about the LetsGoByTalking project as I believe it is taking the next step in the field of restorative justice. I don’t think there are many restorative justice scholars who doubt the effectiveness of these procedures, but there is still a long way to go in understanding the mechanisms at play, and more specifically, how different groups will experience restorative justice (of which I think hate crimes is an interesting group to be involved in these types of processes for a number of reasons). Also with increasing attention now finally coming in at the EU level in the fight against anti-LGBTI hate crime, it is a great time for such a project, also as it can make important impact on policy. I also really supported the format of the Accessibility project, one that is somewhat similar to the LetsGoByTalking activities. The project takes evidence-based knowledge and creates opportunities for practitioners and relevant stakeholders to learn from each other, and from experts/trainers on the topic, using this evidence-based knowledge.