The MIRAD project was invited to speak on a panel at the R4JUST International Conference, which took place on July 18th in Lisbon, Portugal.
The panel centred on cooperation and information sharing throughout the prison exit continuum and included a presentation about MIRAD’s efforts centred on “Inter-agency and multi-stakeholder collaboration protocols: From paper to practice.” MIRAD’s preliminary findings from an ongoing study on the existing protocols and national or European collaboration strategies of 19 countries were shared in the presentation.
The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) acknowledges the importance of multi-agency cooperation but acknowledges that it is less well established in the field of violent extremism than in other violent crimes, emphasizing that there are still several barriers to information-sharing across agencies.
The MIRAD project will design and implement collaboration models and protocols for disengagement and reintegration work with this need for multi-agency cooperation in mind. The project aims to strengthen the implementation of radicalisation risk assessment procedures across all relevant government agencies and institutions, with the help of community organizations. These efforts are aimed at both right-wing and Islamist extremists, as well as foreign terrorist fighters and their families.