Our Shared Journey

We respond with compassion and accompany each other in healing the harm caused by violent crime. New Healing Dialogue participants start with a carefully guided, safe, meeting of 20 to 30 people, evenly divided between family members of murder victims and family members of offenders. Leaders trained in the Healing Dialogue model teach about open-hearted listening and the value of sharing one’s personal experience.

In small groups led by skilled leaders, each person tells his or her story while the others listen.

To be heard with compassion and nonjudgment is healing; to do this with those typically viewed as the “other side” can be transformative.

Past Events

2017 Day of Empathy

On March 1st, in state Capitols and Governors' offices across the country, thousands gathered to unite their voices in solidarity. In Sacramento, HDA partnered with justice organizations throughout the state. Survivors of violent crime, the formerly incarcerated,...

Op-Ed/Story Telling Training Session

In August 2015 Healing Dialogue co-sponsored an op-ed writing training in collaboration with several other criminal justice and restorative justice organizations including the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Inside Out Writers and the Youth Justice Coalition and the social...

Californians for Safety and Justice Survivors Speak Conference

Californians for Safety and Justice Survivors Speak Conference (April 19-21, 2015) Healing Dialogue and Action Board members attended the annual victim’s conference, Survivors Speak held April 19-21 2015 in Sacramento. HDA Executive Director Javier Stauring was...

Visits with California State Legislators

In September of 2015 small teams of HDA members met with four local legislators at their in-district offices. These meetings served several purposes: First, they were an opportunity for HDA to let our local representatives know about our work and our perspective on...

Sharing Healing Festivities With Incarcerated Youth

At the end of December 2015 a group of HDA members participated in Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls’ Christmas celebration for incarcerated young people. Nine HDA members spent the afternoon with young people incarcerated at Juvenile Hall. We shared a meal, played...

First Annual HDA Holiday Party

For many members of Healing Dialogue and Action, a central part of their healing comes as a result of personal connections and through activities that that support other peoples’ healing journey.