Get to know a little about Avery Arrington, one of the core team members of the National Center on Restorative Justice!
What is your work at the National Center on Restorative Justice?
As Assistant Director of the Training Division, I am responsible for providing opportunities and support for public facing education and knowledge building about restorative justice practices in the criminal legal system. I partner with content experts that deliver information and resources to system actors and folks connected to the criminal legal system. These offerings may include webinars, presentations, events, etc.
What has been the most rewarding experience you’ve had working in restorative justice so far?
Having the chance to building relationships with others while introducing folks to a different way to think about harm and accountability.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about restorative justice, and how do you address it in your work?
Restorative justice is not just a process or philosophy, it is a movement. NCORJ can help improve the messaging, understanding, and application of restorative justice for communities.
How would you describe restorative justice in five words or less?
Relational and humanity work
If you could sit in Circle with three present-day, historical, or fictional figures, who would you choose and why?
Beyoncé – favorite artist/entertainer
My father – I have questions and circles create moments of vulnerability/speaking from the heart
Decision makers – Any decision maker that has the ability to make restorative practices a staple in secondary education
What is a fiction movie, book, or TV show that you love and would point someone to as a good example of restorative justice practice or values?
Sports doesn’t fit into any of these categories but there are daily examples and opportunities for RJ application to address harm, conflict, or build connections/community.
When you’re not at work, what is something you like to do that brings you joy and fills your cup?
Spend quality time with my wife and puppy and watching my favorite sports teams!
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received and how have you used it?
“I can only be me!” – use it everyday in every way.