Dr James Roffee newly appointed to VIC Government’s LGBTI Taskforce Justice Working Group

Dr James RoffeeDr James Roffee has been appointed to the Victorian Government's LGBTI Taskforce Justice Working Group, helping to make a more inclusive Victoria a reality.

Established in 2015, the Victorian LGBTI Taskforce plays a critical role working with the Labor Government on LGBTI issues and supports equality through legislative reform, new policies and programs. The Justice Working Group is one of two new working group committees in Justice and Health and Human Services, who will work collaboratively with the LGBTI Taskforce to deliver the Government’s equality agenda. For more information visit vic.gov.au/equality.

This diverse group of experts and advocates will ensure that Victoria remains the equality state.

– Martin Foley MP, Minister for Equality

I’m proud of our efforts to advocate for legislative reform and policy to drive equality and fight discrimination against LGBTI Victorians.

– Co-chair Justice Working Group Harriet Shing

Dr Roffee is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Monash School of Social Sciences and is dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTIQ people and their experiences with the criminal justice system. He is an internationally recognised expert in criminology in the areas of public safety, victimisation and serious violence and offences.

His longstanding track record began when he started making contributions to the LGBTIQ community while he was studying at King’s College London 2003 winning the Geoffrey Bindman Prize for Anti-Discrimination. Before emigrating to Australia, Dr Roffee was appointed by the British Secretary of State for Justice as an advisor member of the Equality Working Group and a member of the Independent Monitoring Board responsible for providing oversight of those in detention in Her Majesty’s Prison Service in England and Wales. 

In 2015, he led a team of researchers to undertake the first Australian study of its kind into victimisation, hate crime and bullying of LGBTIQ young people at university. This collaborative effort received the prestigious 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Safer Communities. The work has received international attention and was a finalist in the Protecting Our Community Award category of the 2017 Globe Community Awards.

In 2017, he was invited by the Queensland State Government into the expungement of historical convictions for homosexual offences to provide detailed feedback on the implications of the expungement. Dr Roffee then publicly challenged the failure by the state government to provide the option for damages which received a response from the Attorney General in Parliament.

Dr Roffee has authored work which is utilised internationally in training on the need for inclusive and reflexive approaches when working with LGBTIQ citizens. Working with colleagues he has developed innovative approaches for researchers working with LGBTIQ victims and survivors of crime to support and empower them in the achievement of justice.

His innovative and award-winning teaching concerns the issues of sex, sexuality, gender and crime and he developed the first Australian course focusing on crime and LGB people. He is an active member of the Ally Network and a mentor for Out for Australia. He fosters an inclusive approach to teaching and is recognised as a leader and innovator within the field of inclusive higher education and this has been recognised by the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dr Roffee's research focuses on improving responses to victims of crime, sexual offences and the use and impact of the criminal law on victims and marginalised groups. He seeks to both appraise and inform policy and practice. Key areas of focus within his current research agenda concern victims of crime and marginalised groups (familial victims, LGBTIQ victims), sexual offences, and, sentencing and punishment.

Prior to joining Monash, Dr Roffee taught Law in the United Kingdom. He was the Anniversary Scholar in Law at the University of Leicester and graduated from Lincoln College, University of Oxford, King’s College London (First class with Honours), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (summa cum laude). Before moving to Australia, Dr Roffee was Chair of the Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors Trust, and an advisor to the Equality and Diversity panel advising the Independent Monitoring Board (an independent body with oversight of Her Majesty’s Prison Service in England and Wales).

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