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Second Restorative Justice Conference June 1st & 2nd

“Are We There Yet?” is the urgent question inspiring the Second Restorative Justice Conference that will take place June 1 and 2 in Yellow Springs, OH. Following on last fall’s successful Community & Restorative Justice Symposium, the second Conference will focus on the relevant topic of “Healing Harms in Sexual and Family Violence.”

The Conference is sponsored by Antioch College and Community Empowerment Organization (CEO), a Yellow Springs nonprofit.

Three experts in the field are featured at the Conference: Duke Fisher, Lead Trainer at Learning Labs, Inc., and at the Skidmore College Project on RestorativeJustice; Dr. Joan Pennell, Founding Director of the Center for Family and Community Engagement and Professor of Social Work at North Carolina State University; and Kaaren M. Williamsen, Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan. All three have applied Restorative Justice in varied settings. They will speak and provide training based on their work with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, discussing with participants the role of restorative practices in deepening healing and closure for victims.

The Conference will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1, with a free-to-the-public Community Circle at Yellow Springs’ Bryan Center, 100 Dayton Street. A panel discussion will inspire and orient attendees to Restorative Justice; special guest speakers will include Yellow Springs’ own Raymond TeKorako Ruka, Maori elder and priest of Waitaha, and Richard Biehl, Director and Chief of Police, Dayton Police Department. Saturday’s all-day program at Antioch College will require a ticket.

Anyone with an interest in learning about or applying practical, human-centered Restorative Justice principles and methods is welcome to register now for the Conference. Individuals, companies, and organizations interested in becoming Sponsoring Partners for this or future Restorative Justice conferences should contact or

Restorative Justice Symposium June 1 and 2