Ciarán Weir

Youth (Youth Organisations for Drug Action - YODA)

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Ciarán has been working in the field of human rights, youth participation and drug policy for over 10 years. At 16 he started campaigning for young people’s rights with the UK’s National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) where he worked alongside Google, Facebook, Microsoft, the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office.

He is the former co-ordinator of Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK where he oversaw national and local campaigns to enhance the rights of young people. He is currently a board member with Youth Organisations for Drug Action (YODA), focusing on policy issues affecting LGBTQ youth across Europe, where he has spent time researching and advocating for LGBTQ communities and young populations. He is a trained sociologist from Northern Ireland and holds a Masters of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice. His policy and research interests rest on the relationship between sexual and gender identity, drug policy, armed conflict and social change.

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