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Promoting Heart-Felt Restorative Dialogue

Since 1994

We have moved our base of operations to the University of Minnesota Duluth, under the directorship of Dr. Emily Gaarder. We offer research, consultation, and training for restorative practitioners and programs worldwide. Contact us at or 218.726.7094.


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RJ during COVID-19

The COVID19 pandemic has limited our ability to be physically present with one another. Consequently, many people are seeking ways to continue relational work by other means—other than being in the same physical space. Kay Pranis shares ideas for how to conduct online support circles, in this free resource guide. 
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Mark Umbreit Ranked Among 50 Most Notable Social Workers in U.S. History

Dr. Mark Umbreit, founding director of the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota, has been ranked among the 50 most notable social workers in U.S. history. This was announced by the International Association of Schools of Social Work. Mark was also ranked among the 50 most influential contemporary social work faculty in the U.S. by the Journal of Social Service Research, based on the depth and range (throughout U.S. and 29 countries) of his practice, teaching, research in the field of restorative justice, and his publication of 11 books and more than 200 other publications, including many training videos and films.

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Center Partners with Brasilia Program

In July 2019, Mark Umbreit spent a week in Brasilia, Brazil, to advance the growth of restorative dialogue. In partnership with Judge Catarina Corrêa of the 2ª Vara Criminal e 2º Juizado Especial Criminal de Planaltina/DF in Brasilia, Dr. Umbreit presented to a wide group of justice workers to seed the expansion of victim offender conferencing in the region. In November 2019, Ted Lewis spent three weeks in Brasilia, providing advanced training for 15 facilitators in the program, and also meeting with a variety of government stakeholders regarding the promotion of restorative justice in Brazil. To read more, and to read about the program in Portuguese, view these resources.

Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking
University of Minnesota Duluth
1123 University Drive, 228 Cina Hall
Duluth, MN 55812