Press Release : In IUSTITIA received the 2014 SocialMarie Award

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Representatives of In IUSTITIA, o.p.s. received the SocialMarie award for social innovation on the 1st of May 2014 in Vienna. Their project of counselling center for hate violence victims succeeded among 261 applicants.

The social impact of help for hate violence victims

In IUSTITIA, o.p.s. received the 2014 Social Marie Award for social innovation

Prague, 7.5.2014 - Representatives of In IUSTITIA, o.p.s. received the SozialMarie award for social innovation on the 1st of May 2014 in Vienna. Their project of counselling center for hate violence victims succeeded among 261 applicants from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. It has been ten years since the Unruhe (Restlessnes) Foundation awarded their award for social innovation for the first time. They explain their motivation as follows: “Social innovation presumes a solution to pressing social issues. It creates space for new thoughts, innovative answers and points out new possibilities, thus creating permanent solutions that are both an example and an inspiration to others.” In IUSTITIA, o.p.s. received the award for its project of counselling center for hate violence victims, where it provides legal counselling to the victims and social services to the social groups at risk while at the same time it raises hate violence awareness throughout the whole society. “We appreciate the SocialMarie Award very deeply.” said Martina Houžvová, In IUSTITIA´s lawyer, upon receiving the award. “In IUSTITIA believes that foreign awards will help improve the situation of hate violence victims.” Czech economic expert and the director of ČSOB (a Czech Bank) Tomáš Sedláček supported the project of counselling center for hate violence victims as its patron. “Hate towards different groups of people has already brought much evil to both Europe and the world. So, I am pleased to know that somebody addresses this issue. Thumbs up!” he said in a short video message. In IUSTITIA, o.p.s. was founded at 2009. It provides people who encountered hate violence with legal and social counselling and it operates throughout Czech Republic. It works with the social groups at risk directly in the field. It monitors hate violence incidents and raises hate violence awareness. It educates both professional communities and the public about the means of hate violence prevention. It received the ERSTE Foundation award for social impact and the SocialMarie Award for social innovation. In IUSTITIA, o.p.s. also received a lump-sum monetary prize of 1 000€. It will be used for the development of the field project. In IUSTITIA would like to thank to all its donors and supporters for their support and interest in the improvement of hate violence victims´ situation in Czech Republic.

Date: 07.05.2014
Source: In IUSTITIA

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