Who we are


The Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon (RJCO) began as the Coalition of Victim Offender Mediation Programs (COVOMP) in the Fall of 1997. This small group of representatives in Oregon and southern Washington coordinated a forum to address the needs of various programs and provide education and training to people interested in restorative justice. To learn more about the history of COVOMP and its accomplishments, click here.


The name changed in 2011 to the Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon or RJCO to better reflect the diversity of practices, programs, agencies, and practioners utilizing restorative values and principles in their work across Oregon. The past three years have been a journey of reimagining RJCO as a meaningful coalition in Oregon. Currently, RJCO is working to develop a strategic plan with the help of restorative justice practitioners across Oregon, build its membership base, and fine-tune its role in Oregon.

VISION

RJCO envisions safe, inclusive, and resilient communities that address harm by fostering personal responsibility, mutual respect, and healthy relationships.


MISSION


RJCO is a coalition of Oregon restorative justice practitioners and programs. We promote and support the implementation and practice of restorative justice principles and models in Oregon’s justice, law enforcement, educational and other community institutions. 


To ensure that the needs of crime victims, offenders, and the community are met, we: 

  • provide educational and training opportunities; 
  • expand the understanding and application of restorative justice principles; 
  • create partnerships, collaborations, and actively engage key stakeholders; 
  • advocate for the development and expansion of restorative practices in a variety of institutional settings; 
  • serve as a resource and support network for restorative justice practitioners and administrators; 
  • adhere to and support restorative justice best practices; and,
  • influence local and state policy around institutional responses to harms keeping public safety, victim needs and offender accountability at the forefront.


values

As the Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon, WE VALUE: 


1. RESTORATIVE PHILOSOPHY by: 

  • addressing harms through meaningful accountability; 
  • supporting innovative and forward-thinking outcomes; and, 
  • seeking positive changes within and between our clients through internal shifts that have lasting transformational implications. 

2. INCLUSION in our approach to people and ideas by:

  • honoring diversity in all its forms; 
  • treating all people with dignity and respect; 
  • showing compassion and empathy; 
  • engaging in focused listening; and, 
  • acknowledging and asking thoughtful questions.

3. COLLABORATION in our programming, by designing processes together with clients, staff, volunteers, agency partners, and community members.


4. EMPOWERMENT in our skill-building, by drawing out the best skills in our team members and clients through modeling, training, and coaching.


5.  CONNECTION in our mode of operation, by using strategies to connect people to people, actions to impacts, cognition to behavior, and past to future. 


6. FLEXIBILITY in our processes, by adapting the variables of case management and education opportunities to fit the particulars of each case and client.


7. HONESTY and TRANSPARENCY in our interactions with each other and our communities.