Learn more about the 3-year project, “Transforming Justice for Victims and Survivors through Victim Assistance and Restorative Justice Partnerships” here.
To register for any of the listed regional events, please click here!
Strengthening our Community of Practice: A Restorative Justice Movement Building Workday
Join us in the development of 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 do restorative justice work 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.
Our hope is that the workday will result in:
- new and expanded trust and relationships among restorative justice practitioners;
- strengthened connection and community among BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) restorative justice practitioners;
- understanding of the restorative justice needs specific to different populations;
- exploration of how success is defined in practice;
- identification of barriers to successful practice; and,
- the development of actionable ways 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. In light of this, participants will be invited to start the day within separate affinity groups in order to create space for intra-group dialogue and exploration. The affinity process aims to lay the foundation for the development of a network of BIPOC restorative justice practitioners with equitable influence and meaningful leadership in evolution of restorative justice practice in Oregon. It also aims to support white restorative justice practitioners in championing an inclusive restorative justice movement based on shared vision and leadership. After time spent in the affinity 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. Again, space may be limited, so click here to register!
Locations and Dates:
Union County Assessor Building, 1001 Fourth St, La Grande: Meisner Room – September 20, 2019: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Portland (Portland Metro) – September 24, 2019: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eugene (Lane and Surrounding Counties) – October 17, 2019
Medford (Southern Oregon) – October 21, 2019
Serving Victims and Survivors through Restorative Justice: Advanced Facilitator Training
Join us for a deep dive into the advanced practice of working effectively with crime victims and survivors through restorative approaches to justice.
Drawing on international experience and research, this is a hands-on two-day training event intended for Oregon’s restorative justice community of practitioners and program administrators. Together we will explore how restorative justice providers can advance services that maximize: honor, equity, inclusion, and meaning for victims and survivors. We will build on our existing skill sets to work toward trauma-informed and highly responsive practical techniques. We will grapple with the complex layers of historical and current systemic traumas and their effects on the lived experience and needs of many survivors. We will thoroughly analyze our work through the lens of victim/survivor needs, from initial outreach through intervention and follow-up. And through this intensive learning experience, you will continue to build and deepen relationships within a diverse community of justice visionaries throughout your region.
This workshop is offered as a part of a multi-year, philanthropically funded project entitled Transforming Justice for Victims and Survivors through Victim Assistance and Restorative Justice Partnerships, the primary aim of which is to strengthen the restorative justice field as a service for victims and survivors. Space is limited, so if you facilitate dialogues, conferences, circles or other processes of communication and dialogue between people in the aftermath of harm – or administer one of these programs, please register soon!
Locations and Dates:
All training days will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Union County Assessor Building, 1001 Fourth St, La Grande: Meisner Room (Eastern and Central Oregon) – September 21-22, 2019
Portland (Portland Metro) – September 25-26, 2019
Eugene (Lane and Surrounding Counties) – October 18-19, 2019
Medford (Southern Oregon) – October 22-23, 2019
Note: Specific venues are still be confirmed and will be shared soon. If you would like to keep updated on project and event details, click here.