This is the year that we give our Biannual Climate for Freedom Award to a group or organization in our community, one that fosters a climate for freedom in its work and mission. a committee of five worked to gather updated information on the main organizations being considered for this year’s award. The finalists were forwarded to a panel of panel of judges, whose deliberations resulted in a recommendation to the HRC Board. This recommendation was approved unanimously by the HRC Board in October. The recipient this year will be Communities for Restorative Justice for their work to build a community-police partnership that offers restorative justice to those affected by crime. Their mission states that their process “recognizes that crime is a violation of people and relationships, not just a violation of the law.” This award is a richly deserved recognition of the importance of their mission.

Related: Communities for Restorative Justice: Climate for Freedom Award Nominee