LifeLines Spring Conference - Saturday 6th October 2018

Human Rights Action Centre, New Inn Yard, London EC2 3EA Doors open 10.00 am; coffee and refreshments will be served from 10.30am and the conference starts at 11.15am.  It will finish at 4.30pm.

Free admission: to mark the 30th Anniversary of the creation of LifeLines there will be no entrance charge for the conferences during 2018. The conferences are open to everyone and friends and family of members are welcome, however, venue restrictions do not allow the admittance of those under 18, including babies. Booking in advance is vital to ensure there are sufficient attendees to justify the expenditure that will be incurred by LifeLines. You can just turn up on the day but you may not be admitted if there are insufficient places.

LifeLines is delighted to welcome Dr. Rick Halperin as guest speaker at its 30th Anniversary conference. He is a longtime friend and supporter of LifeLines and those of us who have heard him speak at previous conferences urge members who have not yet met him to come along to hear him for themselves.

Rick began teaching human rights courses in 1990 at SMU (Southern Methodist University) in Dallas, Texas. He was later appointed Director of the new Embrey Human Rights Programme.

He has held many leadership positions in human rights and social justice organisations. During his more than 40-year affiliation with Amnesty International USA, he has served as chair of its board of directors three times. He has also served on the boards of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the Center for Survivors of Torture, the International Rescue Committee and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Rick and his students produce a comprehensive daily email full of up to date and accurate information about the death penalty. LifeLines’ co-ordinators depend on it to help them support the people on the Rows in their states and the members who write to them.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear from an expert all about current and future developments regarding the US death penalty. 

LifeLines’ Patron Clive Stafford Smith OBE will also speak at the conference. Clive played a fundamental part in the creation of LifeLines, and has described his connection to it as one of the things he is most proud of. Given his stellar career as a capital defence attorney in the southern USA and subsequent founding of prominent UK-based human rights charity and campaigning organisation Reprieve, this is quite a tribute. Clive is a passionate and inspiring speaker and we are honoured he can join us to mark the 30th anniversary of the creation of LifeLines.

There will also be more talks and discussions on topics of interest to LifeLines members, and plenty of time to meet new friends, catch up with old ones and meet others writing to your state.

The Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre is located off Shoreditch High Street and Great Eastern Street. The nearest tube stations are Shoreditch High St. (3 minutes’ walk), Liverpool St. and Old Street (both 10-15 minutes’ walk). Driving is not recommended, but there are numerous buses, and taxis are available at Liverpool St. station. The venue is fully accessible.

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be available on arrival and in the afternoon. There are cafés and shops close by, or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If you wish to attend, please write to:

LifeLines Conference, 22 The Knoll, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 9DH

by 30th September.

You are welcome to make a donation towards the running costs of the conferences and - if you are able - to make a Gift Aid declaration. Please make cheques or POs payable to LifeLines. Alternatively, you can make a BACS or PayPal payment using the reference “Conference” - to do so, please contact Nichola Glasse at:

A booking confirmation and location map for the venue will only be given if you send a SAE to the booking address. You will receive a name badge on arrival.

Please note that donations will not be refunded unless the conference is cancelled, in which case all those who have booked will be informed.