Had someone from the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry site reach out to me today to share their launch. From the front page on the site:
“Welcome to the website of the Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995. The Inquiry is independent from government and has two main components. One is the Acknowledgement Forum, which has four panel members whose task it will be to listen to the experiences of those who were children in residential institutions (other than schools) in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995. It is now ready to start its work.
The other component is the investigative part of the Inquiry, which will investigate the way in which children were treated in such institutions during those dates. The legislation passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly in December 2012 has now received the Royal Assent, and became law on Saturday 19 January 2013. The Inquiry is now able to move to the next stage of its work, and is starting to examine a large volume of material provided to the Inquiry at its request by a number of institutions.”
I want to assure all those who may be affected by both components of the Inquiry that we will do everything within our power to carry out our tasks in a thorough, rigorous, impartial and sensitive manner without any unavoidable delay, and as we develop our procedures and our work progresses we will make more information available on this website.”
So if you are a survivor of institutional abuse in Northern Ireland, or just want to learn more, check out their site.