On Talk of the Bay, Monday, November 28 at 5 pm, Christine Barrington interviewed staff and volunteers of CRC about the power of empathy.
From the show notes: Othering has always been an issue in human civilization, and the world is full of people who reflexively think that different is synonymous with wrong. Luckily, the world is also full of people who seek to reach out with curiosity and build bridges of understanding over chasms of fear and distrust. My guests for this show are part of this global web of understanding, and they are leading efforts here in Santa Cruz to create new outcomes for challenging social problems through the cultivation of empathy with programs offered in partnership with the Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County. An event they offered this Summer at the MAH called Let’s Talk About It offered innovative ways to “find common threads through conversation.” It was deeply impactful for those who experienced it, and through the ripple effect new programs are being birthed in its wake.
Listen to the interview with Alaya Vautier, Tenzin Chogkyi, Andy Rae and Tyler Drogin here: https://ksqd.org/building-empathy-with-the-conflict-resolution-center/
Earlier this summer, CRC hosted the memorable Let’s Talk About It! even in partnership with the MAH. After its inaugural success our team, together with the team from MAH, immediately put the event on the calendar to repeat next year (more on save the date to come!). That event, along with our work on programs such as the Reconciliation Project and the Neighborhood Courts program, and along with many other events and the events that are happening this week throughout our County and the Country are the continuous efforts we all must take to promote equity, peace and safety, to restore justice through healing, understanding and transformation. We are sharing the events brought to you by many wonderful organization of Santa Cruz County and we hope you have a chance to join!
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The Pajaronian published an interview CRC's Dany Torres and Alaya Vautier on December 22, 2021 about recruiting bilingual and bicultural volunteers for the DAOs Neighborhood Courts Program:
"A restorative justice-based program of the County District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Conflict Resolution Center (CRC), NCP utilizes panels of trained citizens to determine outcomes for offenders of certain low-level misdemeanors.
According to program coordinator Danitza Torres, the initiative has so far worked—successfully giving both offenders and victims in Santa Cruz County a chance to safely discuss the crime, decide on reparations and, eventually, heal.
“Out of 45 conferences … We had 35 participants who have so far completed their agreement, and they’re now completely out of the system,” Torres said. “Which is really good. We’ve had really good feedback. They’re appreciative of the program, and that they have a safe space where they can talk things out.”
Read the whole article here.
The California Health Report recently wrote an article about youth and restorative justice programs. CRC's Restorative Justice Programs Director, Alaya Vautier, was interviewed for the article.
"Coastal Santa Cruz County — a historically progressive region in the southern reaches of the greater Bay Area — has embraced restorative justice wholeheartedly. In Santa Cruz County, where 200-plus juvenile misdemeanor crimes are charged each year, the nonprofit Conflict Resolution Center runs two publicly funded youth diversion programs for minors charged with misdemeanor crimes such as shoplifting and minor burglaries.
Last year, nine teens took part in the center’s victim-offender dialogue program, mostly held over Zoom. A total of 55 youth were referred to parent-teen mediation. In addition, 54 youth participated in victim awareness education classes.
Vautier said “there’s a will” among local officials to apply more restorative justice practices as a preventive measure, before youth even end up in detention.
“Juvenile probation here is pretty progressive and very interested in keeping them out of juvenile hall as much as possible, to do things differently,” she said. “If we could reach the youth before they go through court, we might have better outcomes.”'
You can read the whole article here.
Community TV's (communitytv.org) Steve Pleich and Keith Gudger kindly interviewed our Neighborhood Courts Program Coordinator Dany Torres and our Restorative Justice Programs Director Alaya Vautier. They spoke about our work co-creating the Neighborhood Courts Program with the District Attorney's Office as well as a quick highlight of our many mediation and training programs. Check it out on on Community TV (communitytv.org) where it will be shown every Tuesday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 4:00 pm for all of August and always available on YouTube.
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