Board members of the Netherlands

"Follow the voice of your heart and the universe will open doors where there were previously only walls"

Who am I and what kind of person do I want to be? Important questions that are central to my lessons.

I'm Raymond Hintjes. In my daily life I work as a teacher of philosophy of life in secondary education. I have a background in theology and religious studies. I also grew up within the community of Jehovah's Witnesses.

This background has made me very interested in questions of meaning and the role that religion can play for people in this. Religion can be a trapping system that damages people, but for others it is a source of inspiration to work for social justice.

I see it as my moral responsibility to support the person who has been wronged and therefore I speak out against injustice. Reclaimed Voices offers me the opportunity to make a meaningful effort by giving a voice to those who had to remain silent.

Raymond Hintjes, chairman, mail: r.hintjes@reclaimedvoices.org

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"Fear divides, connects love, heals compassion"

My name is Aswin Suierveld, idealist with a strong sense of justice, non-conformist, nature lover, writer and eco-philosopher.

From my past experience as Jehovah's Witness and subsequently my training in Theology Pastoral Work, I want to contribute to the mission of Reclaimed Voices. I do this by doing research and writing articles and reports.

I am very busy with existential issues, searching for insight and underlying problems. Only by digging deep can the root of a problem be uncovered.

Every child has the right to a safe environment, every person has the right to be who he or she is. Telling your story and being heard is important when dealing with trauma and to be able to continue with your life. Your story counts too!

Aswin Suierveld, Secretary, mail: a.suierveld@reclaimedvoices.org

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"Strength is not in conflict, but in liberation"

My name is Frank Huiting. In daily life I am an account manager who will switch to teaching.

I am fighting for the safe growing up of children within all closed communities in the world. My background and personal experience within the community of Jehovah's Witnesses are important reasons to help others with similar experiences and to free themselves.

Liberation is something you have to achieve yourself, but not only have to do! Here comes Reclaimed Voices in picture. Breaking the taboo, making your voice heard, recognizing victims of sexual abuse is the mission of Reclaimed Voices and my personal challenge in society!

I believe in people and stand up when something needs to be said whether it is through facts and logic or raw emotion. Freedom is my most important value in my life.

I sincerely wish everyone experiencing liberation.

Frank Huiting, treasurer, mail: f.huiting@reclaimedvoices.org