2019 SURVIVORS SPEAK

Highlights from our most ambitious year yet

Light A Candle

Whether it's for a loved one, for a survivor you know, or for yourself, our loved ones deserve recognition. We will display the name of the person you are lighting a candle for at an upcoming healing vigil.

  Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice is a national network of crime survivors joining together to create healing communities and shape public policy. We are a flagship project of Alliance for Safety and Justice. With over 25,000 members and growing, including chapters and leaders across the country, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice is building a movement to heal together and promote policies that help the people and communities most harmed by crime and violence. Continue Reading »
For too long, the voices and experiences of diverse crime survivors have been ignored, despite tremendous increases in public safety spending. Instead of putting the needs of survivors first, most justice systems have failed to stop the cycle of crime and wasted billions of dollars. Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice recognizes that survivors deserve a safety and justice system that works — a system that prioritizes prevention, accountability and recovery from harm. We are coming together to heal and take action. We share our stories, honor our loved ones and ourselves, create healing communities, and advocate for policies that prevent crime, increase accountability, reduce wasteful incarceration, reduce trauma and better support survivors, families and communities.
Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice is a flagship project of Alliance for Safety and Justice, a national organization working with partners and leaders to advance criminal justice and public safety reform in states across the country. Alliance for Safety and Justice engages in policy advocacy, issue education, research and coalition building to replace wasteful prison spending with new safety solutions focused on prevention, stopping the cycle of crime and community wellbeing. Alliance for Safety and Justice is the sister organization of Californians for Safety and Justice at Tides Center and Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund at The Advocacy Fund. Learn more about ASJ

Read Our Stories

Crime survivors across the country are sharing our stories to recover, heal, and create change in our communities.

Building a Network of Chapters to Win New Safety Priorities

Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice is building a national network of crime survivors, including state and local chapters, to create healing communities and advocate for policies to help people impacted by crime and stop cycles of victimization. Our chapters offer opportunities for community and leadership development. Chapters host trainings on safety and justice policy, addressing the needs of survivors, sharing our stories and engaging in action for change. Chapters also organize healing circles, community support events and opportunities for survivors to build connections and mutual support. Chapter leaders also have opportunities to engage in advocacy to advance criminal justice and public safety policy reforms, in coordination with Alliance for Safety and Justice. We currently have active chapters in California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Texas. Find a chapter (coming soon)
Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice chapters are:
  • Working to build healing communities of survivors around our shared experiences
  • Creating avenues for crime survivors to tell our stories and influence the debate about crime policy
  • Conducting research with survivors to identify the priority issues and needs
  • Advocating for smarter policies on the local, state, and national level, including expanding accessible trauma recovery services
Between February and April 2019, thousands of crime survivors representing a new victims’ movement joined state and community leaders across the country for the largest gathering of crime victims in the United States. 2019 is the most ambitious year yet, with Survivors Speak events in five states and healing vigils in over 30 cities across the country. Read more
Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice hosts an annual convening of survivors of crime, system leaders, and influencers from across the country during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in April. The event — “Survivors Speak” — held each year since 2014, is the largest gathering of crime victims in the United States and is a place for crime survivors, particularly from communities most affected by violence and crime, to move from healing to action. Survivors are coming together to share stories, honor loved ones and ourselves, and advocate for policies to help our communities heal. In 2019, we are hosting Survivors Speak events in California, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, and throughout the country for our National Healing Day of Action.

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