Restorative justice project for greater Toronto area Muslim community
from the article in IQra.ca:
“What we are hoping to do is to infuse Restorative Justice as another way of thinking about justice in the Greater Toronto Muslim Communities”, say Michael AbdurRashid Taylor, Coordinator of Victims with Diverse Voices, an innovative Restorative Justice project.
“Many of Toronto’s Muslims come from a variety of backgrounds. People come from all over the world and settle here, and they come with varying experiences with justice and the law. Sometimes they come with ideas about how justice might be done with them in mind and sometimes they want to participate in how victims and perpetrators are handled in the justice system. Restorative Justice gives them just that type of opportunity”, Taylor added.
The project is a short term pilot that seeks to engage people from Toronto’s diverse Muslim community and the criminal justice system.
The initial focus of the project is youth crime and simple assault incidents.
....The program will engage a network of 20 trained facilitators and 3 host sites within the Muslim community and has earmarked at least 5 of the facilitator spots for women, who in many venues, have been marginalized.
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