Welcome to NACRJ

The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice promotes effective forms of justice that are safe, just, equitable, sustainable, reparative and socially constructive, addressing not only crime, but conflict, incivility, injustice and all forms of harm. NACRJ hosts the biennial National Conference of Community and Restorative Justice, and provides supports for members.

"Shaping Justice for the 21st Century"


We envision a safe and equitable world where restorative interactions transform individuals, relationships, communities and systems through the prevention, repair and deep healing of harm.


We advance community and restorative justice as a social movement by serving people and organizations committed to building community and addressing harm.  NACRJ provides guidance and support to establish high quality practices with fidelity to restorative principles.

K-12 Educators on World Teachers’ Day 2020

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October 5 is World Teachers’ Day, which celebrates teachers worldwide. This day of recognition was created by UNESCO in 1994 and commemorates adoption of the 1996 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. The act set regulations for the rights of teachers regarding their education, recruitment, and standards for teaching and conditions for learning.

The theme for 2020 is “Teachers: Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future”. NACRJ recognizes and celebrates teachers for their many achievements and dedication to the wellbeing of students. This is particularly evident now as they struggle to meet the needs of their students and safely reopen schools under COVID-19 public health limitations. Their creativity and selfless dedication in these strange and dangerous conditions is awe-inspiring.

Every year, UNESCO hosts convenings and celebrations to promote teachers all over the world. This year’s virtual events will take place online from October 5 through October 12. There will be discussions of the lessons learned and successes in responding to school closures, transitioning to virtual classrooms, the challenges of reopening schools and retrospectives on crisis responses among educators all over the world.

National Conferences

The 8th NACRJ Conference in Chicago is now set for July 8-10, 2022. Please print this Save the Date flyer to inform others.

NACRJ 2022 Conference Save the Date Flyer 2022 Conference Flyer (PDF)

The 7th NACRJ Conference in Denver (June 14-16, 2019) set a new record with over 1600 in attendance! Recordings of all major sessions from this year's conference are now be ready for all to hear on our Conference 2019 Recordings page. A YouTube recording the Motus Theater performance has recent been added.  This is a great way to extend the highlights of the conference to others.

Please note that we have also listed all of our 2019 award recipients under each respective award category.


Become a member

Members have access to large collections of documents on victimization, restorative justice, community justice and many other topics (see the Public Resources page for samples).

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Mini-Grant Program

NACRJ wants to annually support new initiatives driven by members. Read more...


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