Hogan Lovells Provides Pro Bono Support to Stakeholders in Irish Mother & Baby Homes Investigation Through Clann Collaboration
15 June 2016
Hogan Lovells has collaborated with the Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) and Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) on a project called Clann: Ireland’s Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data.
Revealed today in Dublin, the project, named after the Irish word for "family", will provide support to natural mothers, adopted people and other stakeholders who wish to give evidence to the Commission of Investigation set up by the Irish Government in 2015 to look into the Irish Mother & Baby Homes.
Many unmarried mothers and children born outside marriage experienced trauma as a result of their treatment at institutions across Ireland and many continue to experience difficulties in accessing records and discovering their identities and family histories today. The Commission of Investigation was set up by the Irish Government in 2015 following concerns about the deaths of children at a Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway. Amongst other things, the Commission of Investigation will look into:
- the treatment of unmarried mothers at these institutions,
- the role of various State and religious bodies in their operation,
- the circumstances in which many of the children of those mothers were sent for adoption (often illegally); and
- mortality rates of children born in the institutions.
Hogan Lovells lawyers will assist individuals on a pro bono basis to prepare witness statements to be sent to the Commission of Investigation. Together with ARA and JFMR, the Hogan Lovells team will also use the documents and information gathered to create an archive preserving the narrative of the experiences of natural mothers, adopted people and other stakeholders; and will assist ARA and JFMR in making a collective submission to the Commission of Investigation.
Hogan Lovells consultant Rod Baker said:
"It's a privilege to help give these mothers and their now adult children a voice through our work with the ARA and JFMR. The hit film Philomena, released in 2013, increased awareness of what happened in the Mother & Baby Homes and it is great that through this project we can help those affected to tell their stories."
For more information see http://clannproject.org
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