On 17 February 2023 at the district court of Haarlem, the substantive hearing will take place in the case against the Good Shepherd-congregation.

The case was initiated in 2020 by 19 women who were placed in one or more of the Good Shepherd’s residential youth institutions in the Netherlands, and had to conduct forced labor there. The foundation Bureau Clara Wichmann  supports the women in this court case and also acts as plaintiff on behalf of other women who were similarly victimized by the Good Shepherd.

The hearing is public and will also be accessible remotely via a livestream. This news post will be updated with a link to that live stream.

Date: Friday 17 February 2023
Start: 10:00 AM (CET)
Court: District Court North-Holland, location Haarlem
Address: Jansstraat 81, Haarlem (route)
Link livestream: will follow a.s.a.p.

The plaintiffs in this case are represented by lawyers Liesbeth Zegveld, Brechtje Vossenberg and Thomas van der Sommen.

Update (13 February 2023):
The link to the livestream has been published on by the district court. More information as well as the link to the livestream can be cound >> here << (in Dutch).



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