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Modern Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex, and Restorative Justice

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    More than 40 million human beings around the world are still being bought and sold. These people are caught in forced marriage, forced labor, sex trafficking, child soldiering and other forms of bondage, essentially modern day slaves.

    In the United States today, we are still dealing with the legacy of US slavery that officially ended more than 150 years ago. We can learn from the legacy of US slavery in the US and understand how it applies to mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex.  In addition, that knowledge can be applied to help other nations stop slavery and handle the trauma caused by centuries of slavery.

    The Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University has several trainings in May and June that relate to modern slavery, the prison industrial complex, and the traumas caused to those enslaved, in prison, their families, and their communities. We also offer courses on the aftermath of these situations, including truth telling, racial healing, and reconciliation so that individuals and communities can recover and move forward with their lives.

    If your work brings you into contact with the US prison system, slavery and trafficking, or individuals traumatized by societal injustice, the following training courses will help you to enhance the skills necessary to do your work and help those around you. Click on the title below for more information on each training course.

    Modern Slavery and the Prison Industrial Complex (May 14 – 22, 2018): Critically assess what human rights are, explore how and why it is still possible for human beings to be bought and sold around the world today, and investigate inequality in the American prison system.

    Forgiveness and Reconciliation (May 14 – 22, 2018): Explore the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation from multidisciplinary perspectives. Understand how they can be used to generate durable solutions and healing at many levels of conflict from the interpersonal to the international.

    Restorative Justice: Principles, Theories, and Applications (May 24 – June 1, 2018): Deepen your understanding of justice. Explore a justice framework that focuses on healing, accountability, and community, not blame, punishment, and isolation.

    Sexual Harms: Changing the Narrative (May 24 – June 1, 2018): Join the wave of leaders committed to creating environments free from sexual harm. Gain tools to respond to sexual violence and learn about preventative best practices. Design restorative interventions that build safety and resilience.

    Truth-telling, Racial Healing and Restorative Justice (June 4 – 8, 2018): Explore linkages between truth, justice, and healing at personal and collective levels in the wake of violence. Discuss informal and formal approaches to truth-telling, restorative justice and reconciliation from around the world. Consider future applications of truth-telling amidst ongoing police violence against communities of color in the US.

    Transformative Power of Identity and Dignity (June 11 – 15, 2018): Understand the positive and negative roles and transformative power of identity and dignity within complex conflicts, violence, and trauma.

    Crime Victims, Survivors, and Restorative Justice (June 18 – 20, 2018): Explore the intersection between trauma, recovery, victim assistance, and restorative justice. Develop programming strategies that orient toward the needs of crime victims and survivors.

    Singing to the Lions: Helping Children Respond Effectively to Violence and Abuse (June 18 – 20, 2018): Training of trainers to learn the use of games, drama, dance, and art to help trauma-affected children and young adults overcome fear and violence in their lives.

    Click here for more information on these and all other courses at the 2018 Summer Peacebuilding Institute.

    Click here to apply to these and all other courses at the 2018 Summer Peacebuilding Institute.

    We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Summer Peacebuilding Institute!

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