The NCHR Symposium 2009 - Presentation of the Speakers

The Nordic Committee for Human Rights


For the protection of Family Rights in the Nordic countries


The Nordic Committee for Human Rights - NKMR
Invitation to the NCHR's Symposium
at Hotel Scandic Crown, Polhemsplatsen 3, 411 11 Gothenburg, Sweden
Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 9 AM
Everyone is welcome to attend the Symposium - both members of the NCHR and non-members. Free admission.
  Prior notification is required due to planning for refreshments to:
Rigmor Persson (+) 46 31 - 93 57 95, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Ruby Harrold-Claesson, (+) 46 31 - 70 20 385, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


This year's theme:

Is forcibly taking children into public care, caring for children?


Nancy Schaefer, former senator in the State of Georgia, USA.
  Nancy Schaefer was the founder and CEO of Family Concern, Inc., (1985-2005), which is a non-profit organization based in Georgia. Family Concern was created to strengthen and protect the family institution by local, regional, national and international policy.


Listen to Nancy Schæfer speech here: Nancy Schaefer on CPS


For more information see Nancy Schaefer.

 Venil Thiis, lawyer, Trondheim, Norway
Venil Thiis was originally trained as a teacher and she worked for many years with children and adolescents aged 6 to 18 years. She took Law degree in 1989 and worked in the police force until 1992. Since then she was the CEO for Advokatfirmaet Thiis in Trondheim, collaborating with staff and lawyers. Her experience is primarily from criminal justice, children's rights and the right to childcare. She closed her law-firm at the end of 2008/2009 largely due to the deep despair and frustration she felt over the forced intervention of the Norwegian child protective services (barnevernet).


See Lawyer slaughters CPS and Venil Thiis quits as lawyer: - I have had enough

Bo Edvardsson is associate professor of psychology and social work at the Örebro University Academy of Law, psychology and social work.
He is also advisor to the Children's Ombudsman. He published his first report on the investigation techniques in the social services with the title: "Hot pursuit strategies at the disposal of cases in social and child psychiatric work" in 1988. Subsequently, Bo Edvardsson, and his thesis students, have authored more than 100 investigations of the social services' investigative methodology or lack of such.


Bo Edvard's textbook "Critical assessment methodology" is compulsory in some training institutions for social workers. It was published in 1996 and a new edition was published in 2003.
Please read "Social Service's investigations are a stinking swamp"





Ian Josephs, MA, LLB, lives and works in Monaco where he owns and runs a language school. He has an Oxford University law degree but he is not a solicitor or a barrister. So…  he asks: "Who am I really? And why do I do what I do?"


He says he is NOT repeat NOT another "Mother Teresa" and he rarely gives to charity (in case he should end up paying for the director's Rolls Royce!), but fighting the often brutal actions of Social Services is a cause very close to his heart. Social Services have never hurt him, his family or anyone close to him so he has no personal axe to grind but "I HATE THE ABUSE OF POWER", he states, and particularly the way the bullies in social services ruthlessly destroy the very families they are supposed to protect. As a matter of principle Ian Josephs never charge a fee and never accept any money whatever for any expenses.


For more information please see:


Forced adoption, family courts, social services, children in care

Madeleine Johansson, Master in Laws, Göteborg, Sweden,
works both with Commercial law and Family law. Recently she became involved in the so-called Dalsland case where it appeared that a German company was running a so-called "treatment-home" for German children and adolescents in the forest in Dalsland.



Olle Hammarberg, author and former foster child,
is the author of the recently published books: "Alone in the world a little toddler on the road to hell" and From hell to heaven



Ejvor Eriksson and Patrik Dahlqwist, authors and former foster children,
Ejvor Eriksson will tell about her life as a ward of the state and the foster homes in which she was placed. Patrik Dahlqwist was placed in foster care as a young child. At 17 years of age, he was placed at Karsudden Psychiatric Hospital because the society wanted to prevent him from developing a life of abuse and criminality. He was locked up there without medication for 12 years.






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