People from around the world heard the Lafayette County Prosecutor speak at a conference in the Netherlands last week. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Prosecutor Kellie Wingate Campbell:
Press Release from the Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Lafayette County Prosecutor Kellie Wingate Campbell returned this past Friday from speaking in the Netherlands at the World Forum. Campbell was in The Hague for the 14th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology (WSV) where she presented a workshop on victims and confidentiality. The focus of the five-day conference was improving justice for victims through discussion of victims’ rights, transitional justice and trauma recovery. In addition to serving as a speaker, Campbell attended twenty-two sessions and workshops primarily on the topics of victims’ rights and restorative justice. Keynote speakers consisted of national and international experts on victims’ issues along with authors, scholars and law school professors.
Shortly after her plane landed in Amsterdam on Sunday, May 20th, Campbell travelled by train to The Hague where she attended the opening ceremony at the historic Knight’s Hall, a 13th-century medieval castle. After she obtained her train ticket from the airport to The Hague, the train was cancelled due to “death threats and construction” forcing her to take a later train. Once she arrived at the Hall of Knights, she and over 300 participants were welcomed by Mr. Fred Teeven, State Secretary for Security and Justice for The Netherlands, Mr. Sang-Hyun Song, President of the International Criminal Court, and others officials.
Campbell’s presentation was selected by the WSV conference selection committee for inclusion in the conference after she submitted a proposal and biography earlier this year.
Upon hearing of Campbell’s selection, two groups, the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (MAPA) and the Missouri Victim Assistance Network (MOVA), voted to provide financial assistance in the form of training funds to cover roughly two-thirds of the cost of the trip. Campbell is known to both groups and will use conference material for future trainings with prosecutors, advocates and others. She was a panelist and presenter in March at the MOVA statewide conference and will present a webinar in June to MAPA.
The conference was held at the World Forum, an international conference center located within The Hague. The International Symposium is held every three years in a different country. This year’s conference was also sponsored by the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC), The International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT) and Victim Support Europe. The Hague, known as ‘the international city of peace and justice’, is the capital city of South Holland in the Netherlands and is the seat of the Dutch government and the Supreme Court. It is also home to the International Criminal Court which recently found Charles Taylor guilty of war crimes committed in Sierra Leone. Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison on May 30th.