Guiding Principles

  • We understand that the stress of discrimination, harassment and state violence can be race-based and traumatizing.  Therefore the sources of harm are environmental and individuals and staff must be empowered to minimize or eliminate these sources of harm.
  • We recognize that the impact of state violence is felt at individual, family, and community levels and consequently requires interventions across these levels.
  • We acknowledge that some members of communities of color have no direct, personal experience of police violence, and yet remain traumatized by the over-policing and institutional racism they live through on a daily basis.
  • We believe that trauma (direct or indirect) lives in our bodies and hearts and require a culturally appropriate expanded definition of what healing looks like. In addition to one-on-one, family and group counseling, healing also looks like connecting to our bodies. It looks like celebrating and building with one another, or like telling our truths and being believed.
  • We assert that helping individuals and communities heal from state violence and institutional racism is integral component of justice work.

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The Chicago Torture Justice Center seeks to address the traumas of police violence and institutionalized racism through access to healing and wellness services, trauma-informed resources, and community connection. The Center is a part of and supports a movement to end all forms of police violence.

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