How Cults are Infiltrating World Institutions

April 17th 2010
Millennium Hotel Mayfair, Grosvenor Square, London

Hosted by The Family Survival Trust and FECRIS (European Federation of Centres of Research and Information on Sectarianism). Millennium Hotel Mayfair, Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London

The programme featured speakers from the United Kingdom and Europe, discussing how dangerous cults have lobbied and permeated government and private institutions in recent years.

Speakers at this event included:

    • Tom Sackville, former Home Office Minister and Chairman of the Trust, as well as President of FECRIS;
    • Audrey Chaytor, Chief Executive of the Trust;
    • Georges Fenech of MIVILUDES (Interministerial Mission of Vigilance and Struggle against Cultic Excesses), Paris;
    • Dr. Masoud Banisadr, author and former member of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran;
    • Ursula Caberta, Director of AGS Hamburg;
    • André Frédéric, Belgian Federal Parliamentarian;
    • Dr. Carmen Almendros, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Autonomous University of Madrid;
    • Caterina Boschetti (author and journalist) and Paolo Doppieri (film director), Italy;
    • Dr. Tatiana Karpacheva, Associate Professor of Philology at the Moscow City Pedagogical University;
    • Philippe Detilleul and Nathalie De Reuck, journalists and authors, Brussels;
    • Daniel Picotin, lawyer, Bordeaux

Subjects included ideas on how to combat abuse and criminality; rehabilitate victims; promoting European cooperation; the links between cults and terrorism; consumer protection laws as a way of protecting potential victims; experiences of cultic lobbying in legislatures; definitions of psychological violence; legal understanding of cultic activity; the infiltration of schools by potentially abusive cultic groups; questionable healthcare practice by unqualified groups posing as therapists and practitioners; and cross-border legal cooperation in dealing with dangerous infiltrators who do not restrict their operations within the borders of one country.