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Appointment to Global Advisory Council: Ailbhe Griffith & Dr. Marie Keenan (Ireland)-December 1, 2020

or Immediate Release: December 1, 2020 4pm Pacific Time

Appointment of Ailbhe Griffith & Dr. Marie Keenan (Ireland) to RJI’s Global Advisory Council
Restorative Justice International (RJI) is honored to appoint two exceptional women to RJI’s Global Advisory Council: Ms. Ailbhe Griffith, a survivor of a severe sexual assault and Dr. Marie Keenan, Associate Professor at the University College Dublin and a widely recognized restorative justice expert in cases of sexual violence. Together they often speak as a team since Dr. Keenan assisted Ailbhe in her decision to participate in a restorative justice meeting with her offender. Dr. Keenan facilitated the meeting between Ailbhe and her offender preparing each for the encounter.
RJI interviewed Ailbhe and Marie for a RJI podcast in February 2020. The in-depth podcast includes a discussion of the highly acclaimed film called “The Meeting” directed by Alan Gilsenan depicting the restorative justice meeting between Ailbhe and her offender. Ailbhe plays herself in the film.
“We are particularly pleased to have both Ailbhe Griffith and Dr. Marie Keenan join our Global Advisory Council because of their first- hand knowledge of successfully applying restorative justice to cases of severe sexual violence, ” said Lisa Rea, President, Restorative Justice International. “Ailbhe’s story is important to so many victims of sexual violence showing that restorative justice can lead to healing and empowerment of victims of sexual assault with offender accountability,” added Ms. Rea.
RJI is a global association and network of over 6000 members advocating for victims-driven restorative justice. RJI’s Global Advisory Council is comprised of 12 esteemed representatives from around the world who are experts in the field of restorative justice, criminal justice reform and human rights. GAC Team | RJI (
RJI podcast:
Ailbhe Griffith podcast: victim of rape chooses restorative justice. (Dublin, Ireland) Feb. 25, 2020 | RJI (
Contact: Dr. Marie Keenan:  &
Ailbhe Griffith:
(photo: Marie Keenan, Ailbhe Griffith-left to right)

  • Padraig Lyons
    December 2, 2020

    Congrats to you both. Two exceptional people.

  • hilda loughran
    December 2, 2020

    Congratulations to Ailbhe and Marie. I know you will both be valued additions to RJI’s GAC .

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