March 16, 2021
“This short paper will give advocates for the decriminalisation of personal drug use – a greater insight into policy options; an understanding as to why advocates working together is important; insight into when to do the heavy lifting and who to do it for; there are many more insights within this document from the advocates we have worked with recently. The overall message is to persevere, work together and bring people along with you to achieve your advocacy position – we hope this paper helps advocates in this regard.” Tony Duffin, CEO of Ana Liffey Drug Project
This paper provides some key insights from this event, and from conversations which followed it, with largely the same group of advocates. At its core, this paper has a peer-to-peer focus. The target audience is primarily people who are advocating for decriminalisation in their own jurisdictions, or who are considering doing so. Public health, community safety and criminal justice stakeholders more generally may also find it of interest. The aim is to provide insights from ‘in the field’, sharing the views and experiences of people actively working on advocacy projects related to decriminalisation. It does not purport to be a full or academic treatment of the issue – rather, it is intended to provide insights that can help advocates frame and focus their work.
Download the report ‘Decriminalisation Insights for Advocates’ here