Transforming Justice for Victims and Survivors through Victim Assistance and Restorative Justice Partnerships

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Are the needs of crime victims and survivors being successfully addressed through our informal and formal responses to crime? What could be improved? How can collaboration and partnerships between victim assistance and restorative justice advocates in Oregon help to transform the way we do justice in this State? If you specialize in restorative justice and/or victim assistance, or are someone that identifies as a victim or survivor, we warmly invite you to explore these questions with us through interdisciplinary learning and dialogue.

In this three-day symposium, participants from the victim assistance and restorative justice movements will work together to strengthen their knowledge, expand their skills, and deepen their working relationships for the purposes of improving the formal and informal justice responses for victims and survivors in Oregon. This will be accomplished through a one-day training, led by victim assistance experts, on how restorative justice can more effectively serve victims and survivors; a one-day cross-disciplinary facilitated dialogue exploring the relationship between the fields of victim assistance and restorative justice; and, a one-day exploration of standards in restorative justice. Each day is further described below, including each day’s objectives and the primary audience.

Registration is closed as of Sept. 21, 2018.

Day 1: Serving Victims and Survivors with Restorative Justice

Oct. 22, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

This training is designed to expand the capacity of restorative justice programs and practitioners to effectively address the needs of victims and survivors with restorative justice practices. Designed and delivered by victim assistance professionals Mary Zinkin and Chanel Thomas, this training will increase understanding of victim’s rights, trauma-informed care, cultural responsivity and procedural justice for the work of restorative justice.

Training Objectives: By the end of this training participants will have:

  • assessed ways in which restorative justice programming can ensure the administration of victims’ rights;
  • applied the concepts of agency and autonomy to their work with victims and survivors;
  • gained more understanding of trauma and ways to respond effectively, including when to refer to specialized services;
  • explored how historic oppression and trauma impacts the process of restorative justice; and,
  • obtained guidance on applying this knowledge within program policies and procedures.

Intended Audience: This training will be most relevant for:

  • directors of agencies (community-based and system-based) with restorative justice programs;
  • restorative justice program coordinators/administrators;
  • restorative justice practitioners (staff and volunteer facilitators);
  • victims/survivors that have experienced restorative justice processes; and,
  • victim assistance administrators and practitioners wishing to deepen their understanding of how their work applies to restorative justice.

If you are among the intended audience for this event, we welcome you to apply for this unique and rich learning opportunity!

Day 2: Transforming Justice for Victims and Survivors through Victim Assistance and Restorative Justice Partnerships
Phase 1: Expanding Understanding and Relationships

Oct. 23, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

This full-day facilitated dialogue is designed to connect these historically disparate movements through:

  • expanded cross-disciplinary understanding;
  • a frank exploration of the issues that have divided them; and,
  • identifying common values and principles that connect them for future collaboration and partnership.

This event is designed and facilitated by Matthew Hartman and Aaron Lyons of Just Outcomes, with guidance from the project’s cross-disciplinary advisory committee. By the end of this event, participants will have:

  • explored the context and history of this relationship;
  • shared a vision for how community and system could effectively serve all victims of crime;
  • engaged in each other’s underlying values, history, and current internal critical issues;
  • assessed the potential of expanded partnership and collaboration;
  • identified what stands in the way of expanded partnership and collaboration; and,
  • expanded local relationships and understandings.

This facilitated event will be most relevant for:

  • victim assistance administrators and practitioners;
  • restorative justice administrators and practitioners;
  • those that identify as victims/survivors; and,
  • champions for victim assistance and restorative justice collaboration.

If you are among the intended audience for this event, we welcome you to apply for this groundbreaking dialogue opportunity!

Day 3: Exploring Standards for Restorative Justice in Oregon

Oct. 24, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

This all-day facilitated conversation will engage representatives of Oregon’s restorative justice movement in an exploration of a potential role for standards in restorative justice. Participants will review local and international research, identify shared values and hopes for Oregon’s restorative justice movement and explore threats and opportunities surrounding the question of standards.

Based on feedback gained through a Listening Project in 2016, and RJCO’s guidance, a premise for this event is that standards will benefit the restorative justice movement in Oregon, if they are carefully and collectively developed and maintained through a diverse coalition of restorative justice administrators and practitioners across Oregon.

As this is the beginning of this exploration in Oregon, this facilitated event is designed for an internal conversation within the restorative justice movement. These activities will be most relevant for Oregon’s restorative justice administrators and practitioners. If you work, volunteer, or are a champion for restorative justice in Oregon; or, if you have participated in a restorative justice process as a person that has been harmed or caused harm, we welcome you to apply for participation in this important exploration.

Symposium Registration Details

This Symposium will be held Oct. 22-24, 2018, at the beautiful McMenamins Edgefield Hotel just outside of Portland. All events are free of charge, however as a state-wide initiative there will inevitably be travel and accommodation expenses for those coming from out of town. This project has been generously underwritten by anonymous donors interested in criminal justice reform, and we hope to eliminate any financial barriers to participation. Still, due to limited funding we offer the application process described below.

Phase 1: Participant Applications and Review

Application for Participation:
Deadline: September 21, 2018

Participants are first asked to complete an application/registration form that provides information regarding the relevance of this event for their work (professional and volunteer), their lived experience and background; and, the financial assistance required for their participation.

The project’s cross-disciplinary advisory committee is committed to ensuring diversity (based on geography, profession, personal identity, and lived experience) at the Symposium. If the financial requirements of those that have applied do not exceed the funding available, and the number of applicants do not exceed the venue capacity, then all those that apply will be approved for their participation. If interest exceeds available funding, the Advisory Committee will accept participant applications that attend to this goal for diversity. All applications will be reviewed equally regardless of participants’ financial ability, and determination made based on achieving the following participation goals:

  • statewide (urban and rural) representation;
  • diverse identity and lived experience representation; and,
  • cross-disciplinary representation.

Cross-disciplinary teams from the same County will also be given preference. Participants are strongly encouraged to coordinate with local partners and indicate this coordination in your registration (you will need the names of others locally that are applying).

Phase 2: Confirmation

Notification of Confirmation: October 1-3, 2018

After the application deadline, participants will be notified of their acceptance to the event, the level of financial assistance approved, and asked to confirm their intent to participate on the days they indicated in their application.

Financial Assistance Information

The goal of the financial assistance provided is to assure that no one interested in participating in the Symposium is unable to because of costs. Due to limited funding, the Advisory Committee has taken measures to try and assure equity while maximizing the efficiency of how the funds are used. The following financial assistance protocols are meant to assure this equity and efficiency.

Travel Assistance

  • The maximum amount reimbursed for all combined travel costs will be $325 round trip.
  • To maximize the distribution of our travel assistance funds, travelers are asked to utilize the most cost-effective mode of transportation available.
  • Mileage Parameters:
    • If using a personal vehicle, mileage will be reimbursed at 53.5 cents per mile, up to the travel cap. Start and end mileage must be provided for reimbursement.
    • Mileage is not reimbursable if a company or government vehicle is used, or participant’s workplace is reimbursing for mileage driven with a personal vehicle.
  • Public Transit/Train/Flight
    • Public Transportation, train, or flight will be reimbursed based on cost and receipts provided up to the travel cap.
    • If traveling by train or flight, only the cost of economy/coach tickets will be reimbursed.
  • Car Rental
    • Economy car rental plus fuel costs will be reimbursed based on total cost and receipts provided up to travel cap.
  • Parking
    • Parking will not be reimbursed. Parking at the lodging event venues is free.


Lodging Provided by Symposium

Lodging arrangements will be booked and paid for by the Symposium for approved participants coming from out of town.

Lodging is based on the following parameters (based on mileage from venue):

  • 0-100 Roundtrip Miles from Venue: Lodging provision is not available except in the circumstance of not having access to a vehicle. This exception is only available if approved in advance by the Advisory Committee.
  • 100-180 Roundtrip Miles from Venue: One night of lodging will be provided for every day in attendance.
  • 180+ Roundtrip Miles from Venue: Additional nights of lodging will be provided for participants unable to travel to/from the event on the same day as the event.

The Symposium has three lodging venues available and will fill the least expensive first to maximize the efficiency of the funding. If interest exceeds the number of rooms available at the least expensive hotel, rooms/hotels will be assigned via a ‘lottery’ system to assure equity and efficiency.

Hotels currently partnering include the Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, and McMenamins Edgefield.

Unreimbursed Lodging (Costs Covered by Individual or Workplace)

Lodging costs incurred by individuals will not be reimbursed by the Symposium. If you need your lodging supplied, see parameters above.

If you are booking and paying for lodging on your own, contact any of the lodging options provided in your confirmation email, and let them know you are part of the “Transforming Justice Symposium Individual Block”.

  • Coffee, Tea, and lunch will be provided on Monday, October 22 – Wednesday, October 24th at the Edgefield.
  • All other food expenses must be covered by participants and will not be reimbursed.

If approved for participation and expense recovery through the application process, all reimbursement requests must be made through the expense recovery form and submitted to Just Outcomes <[email protected]> by November 15, 2018.

  • Expense recovery form must be completed in full, and all receipts submitted for reimbursement.
  • If receipt is unavailable, description of why it is unavailable can be provided within the form structure.
  • Download the Expense Recovery form.