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:

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 an integral component of justice work.



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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September 21, 2020