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Pamela Cytrynbaum


Pamela Cytrynbaum is the restorative justice coordinator for the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy. She is a longtime restorative justice circle keeper and facilitator, a veteran investigative journalist and educator. As Restorative Justice Coordinator, she offers community-building circle keeping; provides training, support and coaching to entities interested in employing restorative practices within their work; and direct advocacy efforts to promote the adoption of restorative justice practices within public institutions, including the criminal justice system. She works with community-based organizations, schools, court officials, as well as parents and youth to introduce and support RJ practices. She offers informational sessions and trainings for schools, parents, and community members on the philosophy, practice of restorative justice, and models of implementation. She manages fellows and volunteers in championing restorative justice initiatives.She formerly served as senior editor for Injustice Watch, a non-partisan, not-for-profit, multimedia journalism organization that conducts in-depth research exposing institutional failures that obstruct justice and equality. She served for four years as executive director of The Chicago Innocence Center, an investigative journalism not-for-profit where she ran the day-to-day operations, taught interns from around the country to use investigative journalism to explore and expose cases of wrongful convictions, spoke publicly and created collaborations. She served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Prosecutor Integrity. She taught at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she won The Students' Choice Award for teaching in 2012. She is a regular blogger for Teaching Tolerance - a project of The Southern Poverty Law Center - and Psychology Today. She is a former blogger for NBCUniversal. She is a former staff writer for The Chicago Tribune and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune and The Oregonian. She co-founded the Justice Brandeis Law Project at Brandeis University where she served as associate director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.

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