Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. Locally, we operate the first alternative to incarceration and victim service program in the United States to focus on violent felonies in the adult courts. Nationally, we leverage the lessons from our direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted. Rigorous and hopeful, we build practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing and justice for survivors and their communities.
In its direct service work, Common Justice operates a victim service program and restorative justice-based alternative to prison for serious and/or violent felony cases such as assault, burglary and robbery. The project brings 16-26-year-olds responsible for crimes together with those they have harmed and their support people in a facilitated dialogue to determine appropriate sanctions to take the place of a prison sentence. Our team engages and prepares all parties, convenes the dialogues and provides supervision and support to both those harmed and those responsible. It aims to meet the needs of people harmed by crime, prevent further violence and improve satisfaction with the legal system. While we serve the full range of people harmed by crime, a full 70% of the victims we work with are men of color, many of them young adults. Common Justice recognizes that despite many popular misperceptions, the person most likely to be harmed by violent crime both nationally and in NYC is a 16 to 24-year-old Black man. And yet current victim services policies & programs too often fail to meet the needs of this group. Common Justice believes that victims deserve more options that resonate with their sense of justice, safety and respect, and that communities deserve programs that help halt cycles of violence, improve the public safety and meet their needs.
The project seeks an experienced, hard-working, anti-racist person with excellent people skills to join its team. This job focuses exclusively on Common Justice’s work with survivors.
-Create & implement service plans with harmed parties (crime survivors) to address their needs arising from the crime & in their lives generally
-Connect survivors to appropriate services and support
-Conduct safety planning with survivors
-Deliver trauma-informed curriculum & services to survivors
-Facilitate groups for survivors with a focus on violence, trauma, coping tactics & culturally-rooted healing strategies
-Co-facilitate dialogues with harmed & responsible parties
-Collaborate with Common Justice’s project, United for Healing Equity, a field- and movement-building effort focused on advancing healing equity.
Frequent evening and occasional weekend work required. Regular presence in both the Bronx and Brooklyn sites required.