President, Victim Support Europe
João Lázaro is the Executive President of the Portuguese Victim Support Association (APAV) and President of Victim Support Europe (VSE). Holder of a Bachelor degree in Law and a post-graduate degree in Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice, João is also a practicing lawyer. João has worked with APAV since 1995, starting out as its Secretary General until 2007 when he became CEO, right until 2010 when he was elected President, therefore with administration and management roles with regards to human resources. Within VSE, João has been a member of the Board since 2008 and was re-elected President in 2018. As President of the VSE’s João, among other things, represents the organisation to others, presides all meetings, ensures decisions are made in a timely manner and translated into meaningful actions and facilitates the accomplishment of VSE’s strategic goals. João has had also important working positions within several renowned national associations and has been a lecturer in different criminology courses in distinguished Portuguese Universities. Throughout the years he has been a speaker to several conferences on topics related to the rights of victims of crime and support services to crime victims. He has four articles published on restorative justice, as well as on victimization.