The Spanish Federation of Restorative Justice emerges with a double objective. The first, the dissemination of restorative justice in the penal and penitentiary field in Spain. Second, in the need, to coordinate at the beginning, the opportunities in the matter of penal mediation.
In these years of the federation and in the absence still of a regulatory framework, the mechanisms of resolution of the criminal matter have been articulated with the agreements with the General Council of the Judiciary, Prosecutor’s Office, Superior Courts of Justice, some City Councils, such as Madrid, regional governments (such as the Basque Government, Government of Navarre and Government of Aragon), and the General Secretary of Penitentiary Institutions.
The entities that are part of the Federation have managed to consolidate multiple Restorative Justice projects. The added value of the Federation lies in the coordination and support of a network of entities all working on the axis of restorative justice. At present, the following entities are part of the federation: Asociación ADOSTEN, Asociación Navarra de Mediación (ANAME), Asociación Andaluza de Mediación (AMEDI), Asociación APOYO, Asociación ¿hablamos?, Asociación de Mediación para la Pacificación de Conflictos (AMPC), Asociación para la Gestión Profesional de Soluciones-Solucion@, Prison Fellowship of Spain (CONCAES), Asociación Centro Universitario para la Transformación de Conflictos (GEUZ) and Fundación Berriztu.
Mediation Institution “Solutions to Conflicts”, from the Professional Association of Psychologists of Madrid, was created in 2012 in Madrid (Spain), aimed to promote, communicate, disseminate and develop mediation as an alternative and complementary method of conflict resolution, and to support and promote the professional practice of mediator psychologists in both public and private environments, believing that Psychologists, due to their training and experience, are especially skilled to act as mediators in conflicts in which, often, great emotional burden lies behind.
Since 2016, an Intrajudicial Mediation Programme in the courts of Madrid has been running, with goals aimed to the judicial system (bringing a new approach and new tools related to restorative justice), the citizens (bringing justice close, and the perceived usefulness of it) and affected parts, delivering a satisfying method to the victims and reinforcing the educational value of verdicts, consisting of a criminal mediation service offered by trained psychologists.
We also offer mediation services in different fields (family, business and organizations, community, health and education) and specialized and continuous training for professionals. By joining the EFRJ we want to be in touch with institutions and experts that work on Restorative Justice, to share knowledge and collaborate on common projects. Contact: María del Rocío Gómez Hermoso (Chair).
Is a court-based mediation service set up by the Spanish Ministry of Justice as
a pioneer experience in the Superior Court of Justice of Murcia (Spain). It became operational in November 2013 as a pilot experience, and it is already a consolidated service integrated into the Judicial Office itself.
It offers mediation to the Courts of the City of Murcia in various fields (family, civil, litigation-administrative) and specifically, in criminal matters, as a Restorative Justice Service. It is integrated into the Justice System itself to offer victims a space in which to be heard and repaired, and to the perpetrator a space in which to express and be able to take responsibility for its actions, with an educational, reintegrating and peacemaker function in society.
Located in the City of Justice is led by a Judicial Counselor 1 , it has 5 mediation
rooms and equipped with 2 processing officers. Includes the participation of the
Civil Society, it has the pro bono collaboration of more than 100 external mediators. In particular, there are 26 mediators in criminal matters. It strives for co-mediation, multidisciplinary mediation, supervision and teamwork.
It was awarded the Quality of Justice Award 2015.
The 3 people that make up the DOI ELKARTEA driving team represent the 3 strategic dimensions, among which they intend to create synergies towards high-impact innovation: social (Irene Jiménez, student at UPV / EHU) , educational (Aritza López de Guereño, professor at the UPV / EHU) and business (Maiteder Estévez, alumnus of the UPV / EHU, worker at Lantegi Batuak).
The Alonso Martínez University Institute of Justice and Litigation, was created in October 2001, as the Own Center of the Carlos III University of Madrid.
One of its main activities is the realization of research projects and the articulation of research teams and groups.
The Institute has experience in the realization of postgraduate Masters, seminars, conferences, both national and international and round tables, activities that contribute to the dissemination of scientific knowledge.
The Ramon Llull University, located in Barcelona, is made up of 10 institutions of higher education and research of great prestige. The main object of the URL is to provide a qualitative training, centered on the person and the society.
The Andalusian Federation ENLACE is a non-profit organization that unites almost 100 Andalusian entities that work on addictions and other situations of social exclusion.
Their mission is to claim and influence social policies to achieve a more just and equal society through research and participation, training, and development of associated entities. All from a gender perspective.
Centro Mediación de Murcia is a multidisciplinary team that woks in conflict management helping to achieve emotional well-being, restoration and repair. They promote and train in the practice of restorative justice in its different forms like in the school, the community and the administration of justice.
Its functions consist mainly of conducting extrajudicial mediation and reparation processes, advising the judicial authorities on the social and personal circumstances of the minors and young people in custody, and the execution of the measures dictated by the judicial bodies.
Adosten is a private, non-profit entity, established in July 2010 dedicated to mediation and restorative processes as alternative conflict resolution.
The General Directorate of Justice of the Government of Navarra has among its missions the promotion and coordination of restorative justice and alternative means for the resolution of conflicts within the framework of the Administration of Justice in Navarra, in all phases of criminal procedure. For this reason, the Criminal Enforcement and Restorative Justice Service, dependent on said General Directorate, has among its objectives to increase the number and type of conflicts that are restoratively resolved, and to adequately meet the needs of all victims, including those most vulnerable while promoting offenders rehabilitation. In Navarra, restorative justice services have been provided since 2006 and since 2020 they have been extended to the field of prisons. We apply a modern restorative perspective in which the participation of citizens and communities in solving their conflicts is guided by the principles of reparation and responsibility. By joining the EFRJ we want to establish collaborative ties with other countries, exchange experiences and learn together to create a Europe in which all offenders and victims have the right to repair and be repaired.
Header photo: Madrid by Jorge Fernandez