Ottawa appoints new ombudsman for victims of crime

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Ottawa appoints new Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, David Lametti. The fact that Ottawa took nine months to appoint a new ombudsman was criticized this summer.

The federal government is calling on an internationally renowned expert in the field of victimology to take over as Canada's ombudsman for victims rights.

Benjamin Roebuck replaces Heidi Illingworth as Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime.

He spent more than 15 years to work as a researcher and educator on victims' rights, notably at Algonquin College, in Ottawa, where he has been a professor since 2010.

Ms Illingworth criticized the government before leaving office last October, saying there had been no meaningful effort to inform victims of their rights or hold the system accountable for its failures.

The ministry of Justice was also criticized for leaving the position vacant for almost a year and for only launching an application process. in late February.

The office was established in 2007 with a mandate to support and advocate for victims, including making recommendations to the federal government.

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