Safe To Be Conference

19th and 20th of October 2020

The Safe To Be international conference will cover the topics of anti-LGBTI hate crimes and hate speech, as well as the posibilities of implementing restorative justice in this field.


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(the program timeline is in CET)
Interpretation into International Sign Language will be provided


Day 1 – 19/10/20

10:00 Registration

10:10 Keynote Speech

Speakers: Prof. Dobrinka Chankova (BG) and prof. Mark Walters (UK)


10:40 Introduction of the Safe To Be project

Çavaria, Safe To Be project consortium


11:00 Break

11:10 Parallel workshops

1. Workshop on hate speech and hate crimes. Presentation of the Toolkit “A Workshop Guide for Law Enforcement on Anti-LGBTI Hate Crimes” and educational video materials

Speakers: Chief inspector Sergio Saldanha (Portugal), Tony Forsyth, Police Hate Crime Tactical & Policy Advisor (UK), Paul Giannasi, UK Police Hate Crime Policy Lead (UK), Maria Marinova, trainer on combating anti-LGBTI hate crimes for law enforcement (BG)


2. Panel on restorative justice: Presentation of the Safe To Be  handbook on restorative justice and anti-LGBTI hate crimes and panel discussion with restorative justice professionals.
Speakers: Mark Walters, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Sussex, Law School (UK), Dobrinka Chankova, Professor of Criminal Procedure Law at South-West University, Blagoevgrad (BG), Malini Laxminarayan, European Forum for Restorative Justice; Moderator: Kelly Grossthal, Estonian Human Rights Center

12:10 Policy recommendations on the topics of anti-LGBTI hate crimes and restorative justice.

12:50 Summary and closing


Day 2 – 20/10/20

10:00 Registration

10:10 Keynote speech

Paul Borghs, Unia, Belgium

10:40 Presentation of Safe To Be awareness raising website on tackling anti-LGBTI hate online

11:00 Break

11:10 Workshop on online hate: presentation of the results the Safe To Be online survey of anti-LGBTI hate online

12:10 Break

12:20 Panel discussion on combating anti-LGBTI hate online

Panelists: Griffin Ferry, TND’s adviser on civil society relations, Alex Rawle, Public Policy Manager at TikTok, Fergal Browne, Policy Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Facebook; Moderator: Luke Hubbard, Galop, UK


13:30 Summary and closing