Center for Justice & Reconciliation

" justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God." -Micah 6:8

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The pursuit of justice and reconciliation is at the heart of the mission of Point Loma Nazarene University. At the Center for Justice & Reconciliation (CJR), we study poverty and oppression and teach Christian means of social engagement. Doing justice involves naming the injustices and confronting the powers that cause them. It means acting in a world that is crying out for reconciliation and hope.

Our efforts focus on three areas: fair trade, immigration, and anti-human trafficking. We do this through research, advocacy, curriculum and scholarship. Our work includes student-led initiatives, nationally-recognized research projects, community leadership and educational outreach.

See our 2016 Year in Review here: CJR Year in Review 2016


Discover what Jamie Gates, Ph.D.,  Professor of Sociology and Director of The Center for Justice and Reconciliation recently had to say at PLNU’s first ever Tedx.  He will challenge you with the question of, "What weapon do all of us wield that fuels modern slavery, sex trafficking and other forms of injustice?" 

watch Jamie Gates' TedX talk on YouTube

Our Purpose

The pursuit of justice and reconciliation is at the heart of our Christian heritage and at the foundation of PLNU.

Contact Us

Click HERE, if you would like learn more about the Center for Justice & Reconciliation and/or get involved with one of our programs.

Beauty for Ashes Fund

Beauty for Ashes is a scholarship fund established to: 1) support the education of survivors of human trafficking; 2) launch many passionate young people into meaningful careers that tackle modern slavery with wisdom and mentorship; and 3) strengthen the university's infrastructure to support this level of mentoring.


The CJR is actively involved in research projects and in 2016 was awarded a contract by the County of San Diego to aggregate and disseminate human trafficking research. Dr. Jamie Gates was a lead researcher in the DOJ funded research studying gangs and sex trafficking in the San Diego region. Find out more about CJR research here.

CJR Alumni Core Network

The CJR Alumni Core Network is an initiative to forge connections and partnerships that benefit both PLNU alumni and the work of the Center for Justice & Reconciliation. Find out more here.