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Justice Initiative

Restoring justice for victims of abuse in Europe.

The European Justice Initiative aims to restore justice for past victims of abuse across Europe and strengthen child protection for future generations.

Protect Children leads the Nordic Hub of the Justice Initiative, coordinating the work across the Nordic countries, strongly amplifying the voices and wisdom of survivors of sexual abuse at an international level.

“The aim is to break the silence and bring out the truth about violence and sexual violence against children as well as the heinous violations of the Rights of the Child.”

Nina Vaaranen-Valkonen 

Executive Director, Senior Specialist at Protect Children

Victims’ groups launched a large-scale “Justice Initiative” motion across Europe in the fall of 2021, which, for the first time, addresses past cases of child abuse and sexual violence comprehensively all across Europe. 


The Justice Initiative is supported by victims’ groups, researchers and NGOs across Europe, joining forces to strengthen child protection and the realization of children’s and victims’ rights in Europe.

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"By addressing the past, we can strengthen both the protection of children and the realisation of children’s and victims’ rights in Europe now and in the future."

Recent Justice Initiative news

Recent Justice Initiative publications


Over 540,000 EU Citizens Sign Petition in favour of the proposed legislation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse and to step up efforts to support survivors 

The intense work carried out by Justice Initiative in recent months culminated on Wednesday 6 December with the handing over to the European Union (EU) authorities of signatures supporting the petition calling for a Europe and an internet #safeforkids.


The more than 540,000 signatures were delivered at an event at the European Parliament in the presence of MEPs Hilde Vautmans and Catharina Rinzema, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska.

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