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A Second Chance from “A Stupid Mistake”

John made a mistake, which he readily admits: “It was so stupid,” he kept saying over and over during the conference. John Smith (pseudonym) is a seventeen-year-old boy who got caught shoplifting a t-shirt at a large department store. According to Virginia law, petit larceny is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by fines (of upContinue Reading

Bridging Communities Welcome Breakfast

With Bridging Communities, we seek to become a resource for community building where all neighbors can thrive. When social compacts and safety nets break down and when systemic inequities displace, exclude, and segregate – conflict follows and dehumanizes neighbors. It is a perfect storm that pits neighbors, communities, and institutions against each other. People isolateContinue Reading

April is National Volunteer Month

“The courts of this country should not be the places whereresolution of disputes begins. They should be the places wherethe disputes end after alternative methods of resolvingdisputes have been considered and tried.” ~ Sandra Day O’Connor April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month! NVMS Conflict Resolution Center is pleased to celebrate all the incredible individuals andContinue Reading

NVMS Appreciation Day 2021

You’re invited! Join us for NVMS Appreciation Day on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 5:00 pm — as we celebrate our theme of “Building Communities Together.” Register in advance via zoom > All welcome to join us for: Richard Bernhart Award Recipients: Sally Campbell, Bill Casey and Izabela Solosi Keynote Remarks “Door Prize” Drawings: OurContinue Reading

Consider an IRA Charitable Rollover to NVMS

If you are 70 ½ or older, an IRA charitable rollover is a way you can support NVMS Conflict Resolution Center and benefit this year. Benefits of an IRA charitable rollover: Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $100,000 from your IRA to NVMS. Satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year. Reduce yourContinue Reading

Community Over Punishment: Lessons of Restorative Justice

Here is a recent example of a Restorative Justice case that is providing a second chance for first-time juvenile offenders in Fairfax County: A classmate snapped a secret photo of the student and posted it on social media with a disparaging comment. The photo went viral among this classmate’s online network. Another student offended byContinue Reading

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