"Restorative Justice: Collaborating for a Resilient Community"
Three key areas of focus for the conference are:
1. Resiliency & Reflection
Our northwest region has become more aware of the negative outcomes for those impacted by trauma. This includes how trauma impacts crime victims/survivors, and a deeper understanding of the science surrounding ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). The message is clear: supporting those who have experienced trauma happens when safety, trust, empowerment, collaboration and choice are prioritized. This focus area will connect the dots between restorative justice and trauma-informed practices, and explore tools and research for building resilience in individuals and communities.
2. Collaboration & Community
In order for restorative justice to be fully implemented in our communities we need to work collaboratively, and engage all of our stakeholders in the efforts toward building communities that embody resiliency, social justice, and equity. This focus area will explore the diverse ways that various stakeholder groups have applied restorative justice, highlighting partnerships and collaborations that make implementation successful and equitable.
3. Innovation & Integrity
Restorative Justice is gaining in general awareness and popularity. The growing excitement in the field has created opportunities for fresh applications and new twists and takes on traditional processes. This focus area will explore innovative ways that restorative justice is being applied in addition to tools and practices that are being used to ensure integrity and alignment with core principles, values, and standards.