Victims, activists and policymakers from different coun­tries gathered in The Hague on 17 October 2019 to partic­ipate in the international conference Victims: Front and Centre, co-organised by Impunity Watch and Redress. Discussions focused on how to engage victims and ensure their meaningful and effective participation in transitional justice processes, particularly in the context of Guatemala and Uganda. The victims of the armed conflicts described how they had turned their pain into activism. The event also highlighted the importance of victim agency and empowerment through victims networks and other forms of support. Other experts brought perspectives from different contexts including Syria and Bosnia, reinforcing the importance of victim participation in shaping and strengthening transitional justice processes.