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STOP PRESS: A huge step towards making restorative justice for all: Growing and launching the world’s largest free restorative justice e-library

For Immediate Release

[London, UK, 30th March 2024]: Restorative Justice for All International Institute (RJ4All) embarks on a new phase of growth, extending its commitment to embracing restorative justice values and practices through the acquisition of new funding and the initiation of projects locally and internationally. RJ4All is poised for this expansion through bolstered leadership, increased team capacity, and the introduction of its new website and a free restorative justice e-library, serving as a repository for its comprehensive knowledge on the subject.

“Over the past 10 years, RJ4All has remained steadfast in its vision of Rebalancing Power in Society and I am humbled by the support that this has received as we now increase our capacity and impact. Supporting our local action such as the establishment of the world’s first restorative justice postcode in London expansion, new e-library and website as well as a new office in Cyprus will allow us to continue fighting injustices while promoting restorative justice to combat power abuse, address conflict, and support victims’ healing processes”, described RJ4All Founder and Director Dr. Theo Gavrielides. 

Cllr Nick Johnson, Chair of RJ4All, explained the structural changes necessitated by this growth, emphasising the need for a robust and expanded team to effectively carry out the increasing scope of work. 

“We acknowledge the contribution of our staff to the growth and promote them to the right positions to maximise their capacity. Additionally, we are recruiting new talent to operationalize the growing strategy, encompassing campaigning, policy advocacy, project implementation, and documentation.”

RJ4All has appointed Anna Fosse-Galtier, to the role of UK Operations Director. In this capacity, Anna is responsible for overseeing services nationwide, spanning centre-based offerings such as direct casework, healing circles, food banks, well-being services, environmental initiatives, youth clubs +, accessible sports, and strategic campaigning and advocacy efforts. Moreover, the organisation is fortifying its operational and technical departments, including project management, marketing, finance, and human resources, by introducing upgraded roles and recruiting fresh expertise. Anna expressed her enthusiasm for the role:

“I am thrilled about the new role, where I can collaborate with the team to extend our efforts to other areas in promoting restorative justice. This includes partnering with like-minded organisations and alliances to advocate for the incorporation of restorative justice into relevant legislation, particularly our on-going work with the Victims and Prisoners Bill“.

At the same time, RJ4All opened a new office in Cyprus and recruited a team to carry out its European and international projects. This allowed RJ4All to continue its vision within the EU family despite the blocks posed by Brexit.

Recognising the importance of documenting progress, RJ4All has launched a new user-friendly website aimed at increasing community access to its services by providing timely services information. Additionally, it supports researchers, professionals, and practitioners through evidence-based restorative justice resources, encouraging fundraising initiatives, and ensuring accountability to its supporters through frequent progress updates and impact reports.

The website also hosts a brand-new free e-library on restorative justice, offering a wealth of resources both online and at the centre, including books, journals, and documents. The e-library aims to widen access to high-quality publications and contribute to RJ4All’s mission of making restorative justice for all. Noor Etienne Richards, a frequent user of the e-library shared: 

“The new restorative justice e-library is invaluable, offering free access to a wealth of information on restorative justice and human rights. This tool is incredibly helpful, especially considering that academic information is often expensive and inaccessible.” 

RJ4All is spearheading a global movement of restorative justice, firmly believing that by embracing the restorative justice principles of power-sharing, equality, dignity, respect, and involvement in decision-making, we can achieve equitable justice for all. At RJ4All, our staff, volunteers, consultants, and community members are united in this mission.

We invite individuals who share our beliefs to join our membership and sign the International Restorative Justice Pledge. Your voice is crucial, and we eagerly await your participation.

 

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Media contact: Linh Nguyen | Communications Officer| l.nguyen@rj4all.org  

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Restorative Justice for All International Institute (RJ4All)

RJ4All is a charitable international institute with a mission to address power abuse, conflict, and poverty through the use of restorative justice values and practices. We do this through a combination of restorative justice projects delivered both internationally and locally at the RJ4All Rotherhithe Community Centre in London.  We advance community cohesion, equality, human rights, and redistribute power by supporting civil society and delivering social justice and poverty relief projects, educational programmes and high-quality volunteering opportunities for marginalised groups.  

 

For more information: https://rj4all.org/ 

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