It is with great sadness that the team at JAN Trust have been met with the passing of one of our astounding patrons, Anne Marie Hutchinson OBE QC (Hon). Anne had been unwell for some time and passed on the 2nd of October. Anne was a shining leader in her field of family law with a focus on child abduction. Anne was a partner at Dawson Cornwell, her continuous work in the field of family law and the movement of children around the world saw her awarded an OBE in 2002. Previous to this UNICEF recognised and awarded Anne the UNICEF child rights lawyer award in 1999.
Anne’s patronage was a natural one as Anne lent her skills to generating legal protection for women and girls vulnerable to forced marriage. The often pro-bono attention she paid to this often overlooked societal issue protected hundreds of women and girls from violent honour killings and forced marriage in their respective home countries. As well as being a JAN Trust patron Anne was also on the Board of Trustees at Reunite: International Child Abduction Centre amongst a series of other dedications.
Her work and impactful activism will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and condolences with her family, friends and colleagues.