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National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice

July 29 @ 8:00 am August 1 @ 5:00 pm EDT

The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice’s 9th National Conference is coming to Washington, DC this summer. The conference gathers over 1200 restorative justice practitioners, educators, and advocates to envision, explore, and take action to ensure community and restorative justice principles not only survive but thrive within our lives, families, and communities, and as we reimagine the systems and structures that underpin our society.

Event Details

Theme: Re-Envisioning Our Legacies: A Defining Moment
Dates: July 29 – August 1, 2024
Location: Marriott Marquis Washington, DC | 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

See you in the Exhibit Hall!

CMN will staff an exhibit booth throughout the conference. Stop by and say hi!

Workshops by CMN

Precise dates and times TBA.

Death Penalty Abolition: A Path Toward Transforming Policies, Narratives, and Hearts
The death penalty perpetuates cycles of trauma and a narrative that validates retribution and state violence. Working toward its abolition can not only save lives, but also accelerate broader work of ending mass incarceration and opportunities for RJ. In this workshop, speakers will share from lived experience on death row and interfacing with the system of capital punishment. Attendees will also learn about the movement to end the death penalty and concrete ways to get involved.

Nurturing Practice, Nurturing Spirit: Learnings from RJ Ministry Community of Practice
In 2022, Catholic Mobilizing Network launched a national Community of Practice of 500+ ministry leaders bringing restorative practices to their religious institutions. This spring CMN also piloted a manual and formation program for introducing circle process in churches. Drawing on learnings from 20+ virtual events, presenters will share learnings and invite input on supporting RJ in faith-based settings at the intersection of spiritual formation, practical skills, and mutual support.

Say This, Not That: Effectively Communicating About Restorative Justice with Different Audiences
The growth of RJ with fidelity to core principles depends on greater public awareness and support. Public opinion polling shows that many people are uninformed or uncertain about what restorative justice is. Several groups have collected & analyzed data & developed messaging guidance to understand & combat harmful narratives with different audiences. Presenters will share process, learnings & recommendations to develop and advance healing-based narratives.

CMN & Friends Side Gathering

CMN plans to hold a time of fellowship with colleagues attending the conference. Date and time has not yet been determined. Fill out the form below to let us know you’ll be there and we’ll notify you with more details.