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Thursday, March 10 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Restorative Justice and Traffic Safety

Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal and dangerous behavior and often involves multiple institutional and individual stakeholders working cooperatively. In many areas, it has substantially reduced repeat offending and lessened crime victim’s post-traumatic stress symptoms. Both offenders and victims express greater satisfaction that justice has been done, as compared to traditional criminal justice. This workshop will discuss contemporary forms of restorative justice. It will present experiences from New York Peace Institute’s Restorative Justice Program and a new pilot project at the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, which apply restorative justice in cases of vehicular driving offenses. Experts will discuss the role of criminal cases and civil court suits as means to establish driver accountability and to introduce forms of justice for victims of traffic violence.


Rachel Goodman

Chief of Staff, Councilmember Brad Lander
Rachel Goodman is the Chief of Staff for Councilmember Brad Lander. In her 6 years working with the Councilmember, Rachel has helped him with many safe streets initiatives, including the now-famous Prospect Park West bike lanes, and the creation of a Driver Accountability Taskforce for Brooklyn. Before joining the Councilmember's team Rachel was the New York City political coordinator for the Working Families Party, where she helped to elect many... Read More →

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Amanda Berman

Project Director, Red Hook Community Justice Center
Amanda Berman is the Project Director of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, a problem-solving court in Brooklyn, N.Y. A project of the Center for Court Innovation, the Justice Center is the nation's first multi-jurisdictional community court, bringing criminal, housing and family court cases before a single judge to offer more holistic responses to litigants’ problems. Ms. Berman oversees all program operations of the Justice Center... Read More →
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Meredith Gray

Restorative Justice Coordinator, New York Peace Institute
Meredith Gray is the Restorative Justice Coordinator for Criminal Court at the New York Peace Institute (NYPI). New York Peace Institute is one of the nation’s largest community mediation programs, giving more than 10,000 people the resources they need to manage conflict, heal relationships, and build community cohesion each year. NYPI’s Restorative Justice project offers restorative practices for court-involved and at-risk adults and... Read More →
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Steve Vaccaro

Principal, Law Office of Vaccaro & White
Steve Vaccaro is an attorney and advocate for victims of traffic violence. His law firm, the Law Office of Vaccaro and White, primarily represents pedestrian and cyclist crash victims and their families in civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings. In addition to securing compensation for crash victims, Mr. Vaccaro has brought groundbreaking impact litigation aimed at improving government’s response to traffic violence. He has won... Read More →

Thursday March 10, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm
NYU Kimmel Center: Room 802 60 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012