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Our Community Weeps: Human trafficking takes place in most parts of the world.  C4C advocates against human trafficking.  Globally, human trafficking is a problem that is escalating.  Most people do not have a comprehension of how insiduous this problem is.  From gentlemen's clubs in Western nations, to houses of prostitution in Asia, to European nations where immigrants and their families pay for tickets in advance to transporters, human trafficking is a problem.  Individuals are under abusive power and control to pay off their debts to human traffickers.


C4C staff investigated this issue in Mediterranean nations in May/June, 2011.


Community Health Restored:  In the midst of tragedy and unspeakable sorrow

restorative justice is of utmost importance

In times of manmade catastrophre restorative justice is of utmost importance

In post war environments restorative justice is of utmost importance

C4C's Purpose is to educate State & Community on Restorative Justice

A proactive approach to help State & Community have increased health and security

Click here for associated link to C4C Net Werks, Inc. 

 Author(s): Brenya Twumasi, MA., JD. and ret Col Richard Lantry, PhD

Restorative Justice is a concept, system, that views crime as being against the community itself.  Crime is normally viewed as being against the State, District, or Government.  In the case of Restorative Justice, the offender has committed the crime directly against all community members.  This is a concept that requires acceptance by the community stakeholders.  C4C is dedicated to putting forth the effort it takes to support stakeholders in learning about what Restorative Justice, as a concept, means.  
Restorative Justice has been highly successful in Nation States such as: Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.  
Restorative Justice is put in place once the society has matured.  It is time consuming and  can be costly, however it is well worth it.  Restorative Justice is a concept that takes some education and time to fully process and understand. It takes me as a trainer of restorative Justice a week of workshops for my engaged colleagues, commmunity leaders to fully understand the many concepts involved in the view and implementation of Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice is the way of today and th efuture. Restorative Justice works for every community. It is an answer to many of societal ills.
Restorative Justice is a proactive approach to a reactive environment.


The steps of Restorative Justice include:


*Community engagement


* Diverse Community education


*  An understanding that the legal system and legal process stays in place.


* A deep appreciation of the exsiting Legal process and Criminal Justice process


* A deep appreciation of Law Enforcement as the critical Gatekeeper and first point of contact


* An understanding that  the offender is adjudicated through the legal process - Note the exsiting system stays in place.



*Community stakeholders must come together (includes trusted faith leaders, social workers,

educators, law enforcement, lawyers, judges, parents, community leaders).


* Community education take place with invloved stakeholders.



*Law enforcement officers have a primary role in this process.  Law Enforcement require support in the form of resources. 


* Increased presence of Law enforcement within the community through positive policing.



*Positive policing, which is a integral part of this process, is encouraged.


* Paid Counseling of victim takes place over a period of at least a year


* Counseling of all affected community stakeholders takes place (over a said period of time); to return community to status quo. This is  a multifaceted and is approached proactively.


* After legal process has been effected and only when victim ready (could take years, or never) a face-to-

face meeting of offender and victim could be arranged for sincere apology.



*Once sanction is completed (for example, time served through prison sentencing), released offender is successfully reintegrated  into community.

adapted from The Star Thrower

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."

This story has appeared all over the web in various forms, usually with no credit given to Mr. Eiseley. Sometimes it is a little girl throwing the starfish into the ocean, sometimes a young man, once even an elderly Indian. In any form it is a beautiful story and one that makes you think.