Me Jean Saint-Onge, Ad. E.
Jean Saint-Onge, Ad. E., was called to the Québec Bar in 1981. While practising as a lawyer, he has also worked to defend the interests of abused children. For over twenty years, he has defended this cause through a specialized foundation, the Fondation Marie-Vincent, which assists children in Québec under the age of twelve who have suffered mistreatment and, in particular, sexual abuse.
Jean Saint-Onge is a visionary with the ability to rally partners from the public and private sectors; he also attracted internationally-renowned researchers to help set up a centre to provide expert assistance in cases of sexual abuse, the Centre d'expertise en agression sexuelle Marie-Vincent. The mission of the centre, one of the first of its kind in the French-speaking world, is to ensure that children throughout Québec who have been subjected to sexual abuse can receive specialized services adapted to their specific needs.
Jean Saint-Onge has also been involved in the creation of an inter-university research chair on child sexual abuse, the Chaire interuniversitaire Marie-Vincent sur les agressions sexuelles envers les enfants, and was a member of the advisory committees for Québec's 2006-2009 Youth Action Strategy.
The tireless commitment of this leading advocate has helped make the foundation, and its specialized centre, a leading player in Québec society.
The Minister of Justice, Jacques P. Dupuis, presenting the 2007 Prix de la justice medal to Jean Saint-Onge, Ad. E.