6th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice

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Location:  Oakland, CA


Pre-Conference Training:  June 15, 2017

Conference Dates:  June 16-18, 2017


Moving Restorative Justice from Margins to Center:

We're the Ones We've Been Looking For

Promoting radical inclusivity and healing.  Elevating historically marginalized voices in the areas of race, class, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual identity, age, ability, religion (e.g., Islamaphobia), immigration and incarcerated or formerly incarcerated status.

Promoting radical healing; engaging restorative justice with the expanding fields of body-mind awareness and arts-based, cultural and trauma healing practices.

Exploring the intersection of restorative justice with other contemporary movements such as abolitionism, #BlackLivesMatter, and transgender and sexual violence activism.


Calling Forth Our Future

A youth-centered and youth-driven track.  Elevating youth voices and lifting up youth innovation, boldness, and creativity in restorative justice practices across the nation.  Sharing youth centered cultural and mind-body healing practices such as spoken word, theater of the oppressed, embodied movement, etc.


This is a Restorative Justice 101 track primarily designed for participants who are new to restorative justice.  It will offer sessions on restorative justice indigenous origins, principles, practices, and challenges in the field.  It encompasses overviews of the state of restorative practices in schools, community and justice systems.  To what extent we practice restorative justice today through a racial and social lens while honoring its indigenous roots and how we integrate mindfulness, somatic, and cultural healing practices into restorative justice processes, are topics that may also be of interest to seasoned practitioners.

Deep Divers

This track is intended for seasoned practitioners interested in honing their skills or deepening their theoretical undestanding of restorative justice and related practices. Sessions will offer opportunities to critically reflect on the complexities, challenges and bright-spots in present day restorative justice applications, whether in educational, justice, community, historical harm and other contexts.  Against the backdrop of rapid expansion of restorative and community justice practices over the last decade, sessions will explore how we build our capacity to practice restorative justice through racial, cultural and social justice lenses; and, how we maintain its integrity and transformative power as systems institutionalize it.  To deepen and strengthen restorative justice practices, this track will also offer opportunity to reflect on critical issues arising in the facilitation of Circles, Restorative Conferencing, Victim Offender Dialogue and other restorative justice models.  Of special interest are experiential sessions to help understand how trauma from police violence, structural violence, racism, etc., impacts the mind-body, and how restorative interventions can help cope with it.

Movement Builders 

This track will present sessions that explore such questions as whether restorative justice is now a movement and whether it can serve as a vehicle for large scale social transformation.  Does restorative justice have the capacity to interrupt cycles of historical harm, particularly against African-Americans and other persons of color in the nation?  How do restorative and community justice practices intersect with other social justice movements, e.g., abolitionism, #BlackLivesMatter, ending the "school to prison pipeline" and ending sexual violence?  How does restorative justice interact with the expanding field of mind-body awareness and mindfullness practices?  What steps might restorative justice activists take to strengthen relationships with other social movements and optimize our collective impact?  Finally, how do we create a coherent national movement that moves the principles and practices of relational and healing justice from the margins to the mainstream discourse and life within the United States?

Practice to Research

Over the last decade restorative and community justice practices have increased exponentially across the United States.  Despite a growing consensus regarding their positive outcomes the field needs a stronger foundation based on well designed and conducted research.  This track seeks to present and promote quality research on basic questions.  We envision "think and do" breakout sessions allowing researchers and practitioners to discuss potential collaborations, projects, and research questions.  All modes of inquiry are of interest, whether traditional quantitative/qualitative social science or newer ones rooted in critical, interactive, and inclusive mechanisms of assessment such as participatory action research. 

PRE-CONFERENCE TRAINING SESSIONS - (June 15, 2017) -- Three "Day Long" Training Options

Session 1 - Implementing Whole District and Whole School Restorative Justice

Session 2 - Developing Skills to Practice Restorative Justice through an Equity Lens

Session 3 - Radiant Health and Wellness Strategies for Restorative Justice Practitioners

LOW EARLY BIRD - Registration RATES CLOSE at MIDNIGHT on Jan. 13, 2017!! :   REGISTER TODAY...

Note 1: NACRJ Members have lower registration rates and membership verification codes are used to access member rates. Members will receive verification codes by email.  Contact the Executive Director to obtain the verification codes if you have not received or have misplaced them.  Registration rates will increase at midnight on Jan. 13, 2017 -- REGISTER SOON TO SAVE $$$.

Note 2: Using the on-line registration process requires a valid credit card to complete the registration.  To use an off-line registration process (i.e., check or purchase order) contact the Executive Director.

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Note 1:  Fees include a light breakfast and a lunch on June 16 and June 17, 2017.  No meals are provided on the last day (June 18).

Note 2:  Early Bird Registration Rates Close at Midnight on Jan. 13, 2017 -- Register now to SAVE $$$!!


NOTES:  (1) As a first time user, you must create an account before you can submit an abstract.  This will require the you provide an email address, your contact information and create password.  (2) Subsequent submissions on different topics can be added -- simply login to your account using the email address and the password established for your account. 

The closing date for abstract submissions January 31, 2017.  However, speaking slots will be limited and the review teams will begin reviewing proposals as they arrive.  Your prpposal abstract should be submitted as soon as possible.  Don't wait until all or nearly all of the speaking slots have been filled. 

Lead Organizers:   Fania Davis, J. D., Ph. D. and Teiahsha Bankhead, Ph. D.

Conference Host:  Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY)


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