Simon is a mature student at the University of Limerick. He is from Roscommon and have been living in Limerick for the last five years. He is currently in his second year studying Sociology and Politics. Prior to this he was a trained HCA working within nursing homes and the community and this lead him to develop an interest leading to professional role in advocacy for marginalised and disadvantaged groups. He IS doing his internship with the HHRG to gain a better understanding of hate crime; the people who experience it and the difficulties in legislating for it in an Irish context.