Using Restorative Justice to Improve Somali-American Relationships

The Center and LEAD (a Minnesota nonprofit committed to building the capacity of African NGOs) are co-developing a pilot project (funded in part by the Phillips Family Foundation) to increase understanding and thereby improve the relationship of Somalis with American institutions, such as mainstream schools, the child welfare system, and the criminal justice system.

This will be achieved chiefly through the traditional Somali values of Zeer and the western principles of restorative justice. By leveraging the assets of traditional Somali culture, we can create more effective responses and interventions for Somali youth and families in the Twin-city Metro area.