SURVIVORS 
ALLIANCE FOR HEALING AND JUSTICE

Survivors Leading Transformative Change and Community Reinvestment

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Survivors alliance

Survivors Alliance for Healing and Justice

The Survivors Alliance for Healing and Justice (SAHJ), a project of Communities United, is a survivor-led, intergenerational racial justice initiative. It is through our body of work over the past 20 years that has led us to formalize what we call our “Healing through Justice” approach. “Healing through Justice” develops the sustainable leadership of low-income survivors of color to create safe communities and social change.

 

This approach provides an alternative to what healing looks like outside of clinical approaches and top-down interventions. The building blocks include a focus on developing community healing practitioners that play a leadership role in building communities of support where present-day and historical trauma is acknowledged, root causes are examined and addressed through collective action to transform systems, and networks are developed to address issues of interpersonal harm and healing outside of the justice system. 

 

The Survivors Alliance for Healing and Justice engages leaders from across Chicago communities as well as partner organizations such as Broken Winggz, a survivor-led group whose mission is to give support to people who are paralyzed from gun violence and their families, and build alliances to advance a common goal for safe and healthy communities.

PROGRESS MADE

  • We engage leaders from Broken Winggz, a survivor-led group whose mission is to give support to people who are paralyzed from gun violence, their families, and building alliances to advance a common goal for safe and healthy communities.
     

  • SAHJ and members of the Reducing Barriers to Recovery campaign are leading efforts to end the failed policies of the war on drugs that have caused significant harm in our Black and Brown communities over decades.
     

  • Through Girls Empowering & Motivating Sisters (GEMS), a group out of our Survivors Alliance for Healing & Justice, cis and trans girls and young women of color have led a year-long story collection project focusing on mental health and wellness and its intersection with race, trauma, and healing.  Building off of GEMS’ project, girls and young women of color are partnering with institutions to support community-led efforts and healing approaches led by girls of color.

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RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE

For more information or to get involved, please contact Jessica Estrada at Jessica@communitiesunited.org or at 773-807-5285