Victim Offender Mediation Association
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VOMA’s Mission (2000)
To Promote and enhance restorative justice dialogue, principles, and practices.
Our mission will be achieved only with a commitment to full diversity and equality of participation for all people. VOMA holds this commitment as central in its work.
VOMA’s Goals 2001-2003
It is our understanding and commitment that diversity is embedded in all of our goals and the work we do to achieve them.
VOMA developed out of an informal network of practitioners, researchers, and theorists in victim-offender mediation and restorative justice in the early 1980s. Originally called the U.S. Association for Victim-Offender Mediation, the organization became VOMA in 1997. There are currently 350 VOMA members (individuals) and 30 agency members, in 40 states and 7 countries. We are an international organization.
(5) Why VOMA?
Since 1990, the number of victim-offender mediation programs around the world has increased eightfold, to more than 1200. The exponential growth in this field – and its influence on criminal justice systems – has created a pressing need for professional support and continuing education for those who put restorative justice into action. For over 19 years, VOMA has provided leadership in promoting and providing best practices, ethical guidelines, and peer support.
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