WHO WE ARE

About Healing Justice Coalition

Healing Justice Coalition is a movement of collaborative partners across faith communities, seeking to implement a multi-faceted approach of legislative advocacy and direct service to support restorative justice for juveniles instead of divisive, punitive measure that further fracture families and communities.

HJC perceives crime as a violation of people and relationships. Victims, offenders and the community, all share the collective, painful experience, but must transcend the brokenness to take responsibility for healing relationships. In this process, we seek to involve offenders, their families, the community, schools, universities, religious leaders and their congregations. We work to increase the number of congregations across the breadth of faith traditions; high schools, law schools and universities participating in Juvenile Justice Month of Faith and Healing. These groups are encouraged to go beyond prayer, meditation, reflection or presentation, on the need for restorative justice and become involved in outreach activities working towards this goal.

Mission

We hold deeply the need for religious leaders and their congregations as well as students in high school and universities to participate in direct service toward facilitating restorative justice. Outreach includes educational, literacy and tutoring programs to help juveniles become self-sufficient adults, since 70 percent of adult offenders never completed high school and over half cannot read at a third grade level. Conflict resolution and self-esteem programs offer communities alternatives to violence. Community healing is rooted in the support of victims whose needs can be assisted by the outreach of religious congregations. And we continuously work to strengthen our network of community participants, political leaders and religious congregations that visit incarcerated youth, encourage them to strive toward becoming positive, contributing members of society and walk with them on their journey of growth and healing, holding closely the belief that only love can heal the wounds of violence and hate.

Vision

We view the need for religious leaders and their congregations and students in high school and universities to participate in direct service towards facilitating restorative justice. Outreach will include educational, literacy and tutoring programs to help juveniles become self-sufficient adults, since 70 percent of adult offenders never completed high school and over half cannot read at a third grade level. Conflict resolution and self-esteem programs will offer communities alternatives to violence. Community healing also involves victims. Their needs can be addressed by the outreach of religious congregations. And we will work to create a network of community participants, political leaders and religious congregations that visit incarcerated youth, encourage them to strive towards becoming positive, contributing members of society and walk with them on their journey of growth and healing.

Director

Javier Stauring

Javier Stauring

Director

Chaplain Javier Stauring is Co–Director of the Office of Restorative Justice of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  Javier started volunteering at Central Juvenile Hall in 1990, where he found his calling to minister to incarcerated youth. In 1995 he was hired by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and since then he has overseen the largest Catholic detention ministry program in the nation.

In 2015 Javier was selected as one of three nominees for the World’s Children Prize, honoring global advocates committed to a fair and just society for all of the world’s children. More than 7 million children worldwide voted. He was honored in a week-long ceremony in Sweden that included a visit with the Queen of Sweden.

Make an impact in someone's life today.

 

Donate