Irene Ivison – Individual Award Nominee – 2000

Irene tragically died shortly after being nominated for this prize. She wrote to us only three days before her death to say how proud she was to be nominated. She was the founder of CROP (Coalition for the Removal of Pimping and Procurement) and had campaigned tirelessly around of issues of prostitution and pimping since the tragic murder of her daughter Fiona in 1993 by a user of prostitutes. She was the author of ‘Fiona’s Story’ published in 1997. She took a groundbreaking case to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge the failure of the police and social services to protect her daughter. She provided huge support for other parents and survivors whose lives had been changed by the abuse of children and women in prostitution. Irene met Emma and the two had planned to work together. The loss of both women is deeply felt by all of us.