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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.

Reflections from our Spring Benefit

Reflections from our Spring Benefit

On May 14th, Restorative Justice Initiative hosted it's bi-annual Spring Benefit at Project Farmhouse. We were thrilled to honor the innovative and liberatory work of Charlene Allen and Edgar Villanueva. We are grateful for the volunteers and sponsors who made the...

NACRJ Conference Sponsorship Opportunity

NACRJ Conference Sponsorship Opportunity

Restorative Justice Initiative invites restorative justice practitioners and advocates to apply for sponsorship to cover the costs of attending the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice Conference in Washington, D.C. (July 29 – August 1, 2024)....

Practitioner Spotlight – Ish Orkar

Practitioner Spotlight – Ish Orkar

Every few months we feature an interview with a restorative practitioner to uplift the folks doing the work on the ground in our communities, highlight original and emerging applications for restorative justice, and provide a better understanding of restorative...

RJI Recruiting Board Members

RJI Recruiting Board Members

Since 2015, we have been NYC’s first and only initiative dedicated to increasing support for projects and policies grounded in the philosophy of restorative justice. We’re looking to bring 2-3 new members onto our Board of Directors in April 2024 to serve 3-year terms.

Practitioner Spotlight – Martin Urbach

Practitioner Spotlight – Martin Urbach

.”..Restorative justice has been practiced in Black and Indigenous communities for a long, long, long, long time. Even before colonization got here, right?”

2023 Annual Report

2023 Annual Report

In 2015, I made it my mission to address these needs because, at its core, restorative justice is a relational approach to justice. Since RJI’s formation, we have grown a highly engaged network of over 3,700 and a digital reach of nearly 9,000 practitioners and advocates through which we foster collaboration and collective action across sectors.

Practitioner Spotlight – John Ducksworth

Practitioner Spotlight – John Ducksworth

John Ducksworth was born in Harlem, USA attending the New York City Public school system. He has acquired an Associate Degree from Dutchess Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from State University of New York, a Master’s Degree in Professional Studies from New York Theological Seminary with a concentration in counseling and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a concentration in management and organization.

Testimony at New York City Council Budget Hearing

Testimony at New York City Council Budget Hearing

On Wednesday, May 24th, RJI’s Senior Coordinator of Training and Youth Programming, Anooj Bhandari, testified at a New York City Council budget hearing. The hearing (held via videoconference) began at 10:00AM and public testimony stretched late into the night. Anooj described the night as “stressful” and repetitive testimony about police abuse as “heartbreaking.” Some of the young people said that they had to miss their final exams in order to testify.

Practitioner Spotlight – Camille Jacobs

Practitioner Spotlight – Camille Jacobs

Camille Jacobs is a progressive educator, restorative thought leader, and agent for social change. Her empathy and introspection are the driving force behind her new and imaginative approaches to building strong and healthy communities. Currently serving as an Assistant Principal in New York City, Camille has spent the last sixteen years advocating for students with a niche in finding creative and restorative ways when helping young people succeed.