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Giving Tuesday and Near Year-End Reflections

Today is #GivingTuesday and offers us a moment to reflect - as we begin counting down the final 34 days of 2023. What an incredible year. The launch of A Curiae just nine short months ago has been challenging, powerful, and rewarding. Professionals from different industries, stakeholders from the Court, and the community have all expressed interest in our work and are excited about the progress we have made. Judges, attorneys, officers, coordinators, case managers, academics, doctors, nurses, and many other professionals are recognizing there is an intersection that can make a difference through collaboration in the criminal justice system.

With 33 intakes to date this year, we touched base with clients to provide support and understand their needs. Our Professional Mentorship Initiative remains our most robust program where we are able to distribute laptops to clients working on their professional growth through individualized virtual mentorship. We continue to enhance our relationships with community partners both in the Bay Area and around the country with our Resource Referral Assistance program. Our Financial Assistance Track is able to incentivize behavior change to remove barriers for clients in the community.

In addition to providing direct services to the reentry population, A Curiae was invited to speak on various platforms and events throughout the country to discuss our approach to improving outcomes with the reentry population. Below, you will see a list of events with collaborators doing incredible work in the reentry and collaborative court spaces.

We also host a quarterly speaker series, bringing in subject matter experts to speak to an audience of collaborative court staff. These engagements are designed to provide training and best practices to implement in how we treat participants addressing trauma, substance use, and criminal thinking errors within the criminal justice system. Thank you to the speakers who volunteered their time to share their knowledge. These engagements are available through our YouTube page or by request to a weblink.

  • Collaboration and Importance of Restorative Justice for Change with Emebet Aklilu, April 2023

  • Implementing Restorative Justice from a Prosecutorial Perspective with Jamie Herbert, June 2023

  • Coordinating Care in the Treatment Court Setting with John Domantay, September 2023

  • From an Officer’s Perspective with Jennifer James, Jennifer Hutchings, Katrina Chu, November 2023

A Curiae would not exist without the support of federal judges around the country who believed in our mission and set a standard of excellence to educate and inform their curiosity of collaborative courts. Their willingness to treat complex issues in the justice system from a public health perspective is the motivation to do this work. We also would not exist without the support of people like you. Your willingness to listen, learn, and engage with our clients and our unique perspectives has opened (virtual) doors, created new opportunities, and made us hopeful for the future.

As you consider investing in a community organization today, we ask that you join A Curiae in our mission to inspire change for people involved in the criminal justice system. Help us make a difference today.

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