Restorative justice is taking hold in Oregon as a transformative approach to addressing harm in our communities. This movement aims to bring principles of dignity, equity, accountability, inclusion and healing to our communities, institutions, and systems. Restorative justice can powerfully affect the lives of survivors, those who cause harm, and their surrounding communities. However, much collective work still lies ahead in achieving this promise.
This symposium is for practitioners of restorative justice and victim assistance, as well as people directly impacted by the justice system in Oregon. Through interdisciplinary learning and dialogue, the event aims to strengthen restorative justice as a survivor-centered and equitable response to harm in Oregon. The symposium will also explore avenues for partnership and collaboration between restorative justice and victim assistance disciplines. We especially welcome and encourage the attendance of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color) leaders and practitioners. We anticipate you will come away with vital new relationships, questions, solutions and ideas about justice in Oregon!
There are two Summits being offered at the 2019 Symposium, each with a distinct focus, so please read on to plan your attendance in accordance with your interests. All events are free of charge, but funding and space is limited. See below for more details of how to register.
Registration deadline October 25th
Restorative Justice Movement-Building Summit
November 4, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Lunch Served from 12 – 1)
November 5, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Participation on November 4th is a prerequisite to participating on November 5th.)
The culmination of the Regional Workdays that took place between September and October this year, this Summit aims to continue the work of developing a shared vision for restorative justice in Oregon based on a robust, diverse, and equitable community of practice. Grounded in dialogue within and across racial and ethnic identities, we will work together to forge the path ahead for the restorative justice community in Oregon. If you engage in restorative justice practice of any kind, we welcome you to build new relationships with colleagues and allies from across the state as we create and discover new ways of supporting each other and growing the movement.
Summit Objectives – Our hope is that the Summit will result in:
- new and expanded trust and relationships among restorative justice practitioners;
- strengthened connection and community among BIPOC restorative justice practitioners;
- understanding of the restorative justice needs specific to different populations;
- collective exploration of how success is defined in practice;
- identification of barriers to successful practice; and,
- the development of actionable ways that barriers might be overcome.
Diverse identities are celebrated in this process! The effects of racism in the United States have weighed heavily on the criminal justice system and even the restorative justice movement. Accordingly, participants will be invited to start the summit on November 4th within separate affinity groups to create space for intra-group dialogue and exploration. This process aims to lay the foundation for the development of a network of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) restorative justice practitioners with equitable influence and meaningful leadership in the evolution of restorative justice practice in Oregon. It also aims to support white restorative justice practitioners in championing an inclusive RJ movement based on shared vision and leadership. On November 5th, after time spent in the affinity/caucus spaces, groups will then be invited to come together for listening and dialogue across racial and cultural identities, to explore how we can support each other in our restorative justice work in Oregon.
If you do restorative justice work of any kind, or find yourself on the fringes of the movement but believe in the work, we welcome you to apply for this unique and rich learning opportunity!
Transforming Justice for Victims and Survivors through Victim Assistance and Restorative Justice Partnerships
Phase 2: Building Collaborative Pathways
November 6, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
A continuation of the Transforming Justice Symposium in October 2018, this second gathering will again bring together leaders within the victim assistance and restorative justice movements (along with those they serve) to continue their important work together. During this summit we will continue to build understanding and explore common ground, in order to lay a solid foundation for local cross-disciplinary collaboration for enhanced services for crime victims/survivors. We welcome those who participated in last year’s symposium, as well as those joining us for the first time.
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 Just Outcomes, with guidance from the project’s cross-disciplinary advisory committee. By the end of this event, participants will have:
- continued the exploration of barriers and opportunities of expanded partnership and collaboration;
- strengthened local and state-wide relationships; and,
- developed action steps for continued collaboration.
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!
Symposium Registration Details
This Symposium will be held November 4-6, 2019, 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: October 25, 2019
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 28th, 2019
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.
It is highly unlikely that we will have to reject any applications, so please anticipate acceptance and plan your schedule accordingly.
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.
- 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 will not be reimbursed. Parking at the event venue 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.
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, November 4th – Wednesday, November 6th 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 by November 22, 2019.
- 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.