In 2019, we undertook a process engaging CTJC staff, the Survivor and Family Advisory Council, and our Board of Directors to create a shared set of organizational values that we could all agree to live with and to live by:
- 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 an integral component of justice work.