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Restorative Justice Initiative

Grants Awarded

Unrestricted Funding

Funding Type Unrestricted
Funding Total $100,000
Impact Area Justice and Community Wellness
Years Funded 2022-2024

Founded in 2015, the Restorative Justice Initiative (RJI) is the first and only entity in NYC dedicated to scaling a movement that advances projects and policies grounded in non-punitive responses to conflict and harm. Restorative justice brings together those who are harmed and those who caused the harm and their supporters to work towards trust, healing and accountability and to reduce justice system involvement. The RJI network now includes more than 3,500 practitioners and advocates dedicated to making NYC a restorative city. RJI breaks down silos and offers skill-building and networking opportunities for both aspiring and experienced practitioners. It facilitates restorative justice sessions, hosts events and offers tools on its website, including a resource directory that features a comprehensive list of organizations, consultants and facilitators that provide trainings, coaching and technical assistance. This grant provides general operating support to RJI and its mission to increase support for and access to restorative justice approaches for reducing violence, resolving conflicts and addressing harms committed in NYC.