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RJI Recruiting Board Members

RJI Recruiting Board Members

Restorative Justice Initiative (RJI) is looking to add 2-3 new members to our Board of Directors in April 2022 to serve 3-year terms.

In Case You Missed Our Seventh Anniversary Benefit …

In Case You Missed Our Seventh Anniversary Benefit …

On June 15, 2022 we gathered with our supporters and community partners at Project Farmhouse in Manhattan to celebrate seven years of Restorative Justice Initiative! In a program emceed by Rev. Keyonn Wright-Sheppard we honored two inspiring leaders with whom we are...

We Already Have The Solutions

We Already Have The Solutions

Community member and practitioner Chiquita S. Williams reflects on restorative justice as a way forward in the aftermath of the Uvalde shooting.

Launching Our Youth Advocacy Council

Launching Our Youth Advocacy Council

Our hope is to bring together a group of young, New York City residents who are excited to center the presence, participation, and leadership of youth within Restorative Justice through a year-long program focusing on the intersection of grassroots community building and advocacy.

Seventh Anniversary Celebration and Benefit

Seventh Anniversary Celebration and Benefit

Please join us for our anniversary celebration and benefit fundraiser! June 15th, 2022 6:30-9:00pmProject Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street, New York, NY Honoring Susan Shah and Mariame Kaba Sponsored by:Project NIAThe Schlesinger Family FoundationTrinity Church Wall...

4th Annual Citywide Roundtable on Restorative Approaches

4th Annual Citywide Roundtable on Restorative Approaches

The Restorative Justice Initiative (RJI) and The Center for Creative Conflict Resolution at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) have been teaming up with various community and government groups since January 2019 to convene New Yorkers from all...

Growing to Respond to a Dynamic Network

Growing to Respond to a Dynamic Network

The interplay between restorative justice advocacy and implementation in schools continues to shift. Schools are spending more energy navigating the changing COVID protocols and the immediate, often pressing, needs of students, parents, and educators which has made the day-to-day practice of restorative justice harder to implement. Even with a new administration in City Hall, there hasn’t been much change in the aspects of the city budget that impact the criminalization of youth in schools.

A Soul Language That Few Are Fluent In – Shani Douglas

A Soul Language That Few Are Fluent In – Shani Douglas

What I saw and experienced during my upbringing instilled a lot of fear in my bones that I carried around with me into adulthood. When I encountered Restorative Justice, I was just scratching the surface of my personal healing journey. Sharing the restorative practices I learned was like a balm to my soul.

I Sought A Restorative Way To Deal With Life After Incarceration – Jose Pineda

I Sought A Restorative Way To Deal With Life After Incarceration – Jose Pineda

I’m out here trying to change the world, and watching my family disintegrate right in front of me. Maybe if I hadn’t spent so much time on Zoom, maybe if I spent more time visiting his room…. No one can save you but yourself, and when you live in a world without hope, it’s not crazy to lean into a life of coping. We cope with the pain, mask it or numb it, pretend it’s not there, forget with intention–because we’ve forgotten how to heal.