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Discrimination against Gypsy, Roma Traveller communities examined

18 October 2018

The Women and Equalities Committee examines discrimination and hate crime against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the fifth session of its inquiry.

Purpose of the session

In particular the Committee will focus on:

  • Where discrimination exists and what is driving it
  • How public services are dealing with discrimination where it exists
  • The barriers that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people have to enforcing their rights
  • What more needs to be done by government to tackle discrimination
  • How Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people are reporting or not reporting hate crime to the police
  • Relationships between Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and the police
  • How the police are supporting victims of hate crime.


Wednesday 17 October

At 09.50am:

  • Jim Davis, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Police Association
  • Catriona Laing, Deputy Director, Equalities, Interventions and Operational  Practice Group, HM Prisons and Probation Servic
  • Libby McVeigh, Director of Programmes, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Detective Sergeant Gary Ogden, Operation Liberal
  • Fiona Parker, Interim Deputy Director, Contracts Quality and Performance, Youth Custody Service, HM Prisons and Probation Service

At approximately 10.50am:

  • Josie O'Driscoll, Director, Herts GATE, Acting Chief Constable
  • Janette McCormick, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller lead, National Police Chiefs Council

Further information

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