Reimagining Restorative Justice: U.S. Norms for Compensating Harms and Implications for Restitution to African Americans


Friday, April 30, 2021, 11:00am to 12:00pm


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Co-sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmni Center for Business and Government, and the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice

Financial restitution is a widely accepted, utilized, and institutionalized mechanism by which the federal government compensates for harms. The U.S. has paid many forms of “reparations” throughout its history and has implemented hundreds of programs that compensate individuals and their descendants for various harms.  In our new study, we have developed a taxonomy of harms against African Americans in which the federal government played a direct or indirect role, and we have mapped many of the interrelationships among these harms using data visualization software.  We have then examined the issue of restorative justice and restitution to African Americans within the context of existing federal compensatory mechanisms. We will provide a brief preview of a paper that we plan to release on June 19th, 2021.


  • Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
  • Cornell William Brooks, Hauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations; Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice
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This event is open to HKS students, faculty, and staff. The session will be recorded, and may be posted to YouTube and/or CPL's social media channels. Attendees must register for this event using the registration link above. Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodation or who have questions about access, please contact in advance of the session.