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Center for Justice & Reconciliation

Welcome to the Center for Justice & Reconciliation

" justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God." 

Micah 6:8

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Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Justice & Reconciliation (CJR) is to honor the dignity of all by removing barriers through education, advocacy, and innovation for the flourishing of our community.

Our Vision

We can live in a world free from oppression and exploitation. 

Our Values

  • Collaboration: When we partner with others, we believe we have a deeper and broader impact on the collective transformation and empowerment of our community.
  • Learning: We challenge each other to strive for growth and to continually learn.
  • Diversity: We recognize that everyone’s different identities, experiences, and abilities enrich our community. Change can only come when we commit to honor, celebrate, understand, and include our differences.
  • Equity: Society has many barriers that favor the few over the many. We believe equity requires constant engagement and are committed to identifying and reducing the barriers we play a part in.
  • Rooted in Faith: It is our faith in God and the good news of Christ’s ministry that compel us to pursue an end to all forms of oppression. Believing that each person is created in God’s image, our work centers those on the margins: the widow and orphan, the prisoner and poor, and the immigrant and stranger. 

Our Approach

Our faith leads us to proactively face the injustices in our world – specifically human trafficking, racial and immigrant oppression, and unethical consumption – with courage and hope. We do this through three main avenues: education, advocacy, and innovation.

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The CJR is dedicated to educating community members, multidisciplinary professionals, and students on how to interrupt injustice in San Diego County. Through HT-RADAR, we focus on equipping multidisciplinary professionals with research that affects best practices, policies, and funding strategies for ending human trafficking. Across PLNU’s campus, our Student Initiatives create opportunities for college students to learn and participate in ethical consumption, racial and immigrant justice, and ending human trafficking. We also host events and conduct presentations throughout San Diego to offer additional opportunities for community members to learn more about how they can participate in the fight to end human trafficking. 


The CJR is devoted to advocacy because we understand its connection to long-term, sustainable change. We consult on a variety of policy initiatives, such as: national, state, and local legislation; law enforcement practices; public education; hotel and motel industry standards; and public and private social services. In addition, through Churches Against Trafficking (CAT), the CJR activates engagement amongst local churches to help end human trafficking.


The CJR is committed to creating innovative programs that address existing needs in our community. The Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund empowers survivors of human trafficking to pursue their college degree at PLNU. Our program, kNOw MORE, equips 8th-12th grade youth on how to recognize and respond to grooming and exploitation by engaging them in an interactive, drama-based curriculum.  

CJR in the News

The work of the CJR frequently appears in local and national news. Check out the links below to read more about our work: 


Speaking About the Unspeakable
1/10/18: SD News: Human Trafficking Awareness Rally to Spotlight Local Problems
1/13/18: Times of San Diego: Campaign Launched to Warn Parents about Sex Trafficking
1/19/18: Fox News: March in Balboa Park Raises Awareness about Human Trafficking
2/3/18: Los Angeles Times: A Red Light on Human Trafficking
3/7/18: Educate for Life: The New Slavery - Michelle Shoemaker, Jessica, Dr. Jerry Andrews
3/12/18: ABC News: Point Loma Nazarene University Helping Victims of Sex Trafficking with Full-Ride Scholarships
4/12/18: Rancho Santa Fe Review: CCA Student Raising Awareness on Human Trafficking
4/18/18: Voice of San Diego: There's Virtually no such Thing as Voluntary Sex Work, says DA
4/18/18: San Diego Union Tribune: Think Human Trafficking Doesn't Happen in San Diego? Think Again.
4/22/18: San Diego Union Tribune: San Diego's Own Human Trafficking Stories on April 24th
4/24/18: Times of San Diego: Ending Human Trafficking is a San Diego Community Responsibility
5/3/18: San Diego Union Tribune: Forum Focuses on Human Trafficking's Toll, Ways to Help Victims
5/12/18: Voice of San Diego: Even Independent Sex Workers Rarely Enter the Industry Voluntarily
5/17/18: NBC News: Human Trafficking Experts from Across the US Gather in San Diego
5/17/18: Times of San Diego: District Attorney to Address Free Event on Human Trafficking Awareness
5/23/18: FOX News: Victims Speak Out Against San Diego's Sex Trafficking Problem
05/23/18: Voice of San Diego: The DA is Right about Sex Work  
10/28/18: Taking Action: Santa Maria event to focus on education to prevent sexual exploitation of children  
12/04/18: Migrant Families Within San Diego  
12/07/18: Pt Loma Nazarene Faculty and Students Respond to Rapid Response Network Call to Aid Immigrants  
12/19/18: The Inn Without Borders / La Posada Sin Fronteras


1/7/17: San Diego Union-Tribune: Private eyes look for runaways, sex-trade victims to rescue
1/10/17: Times of San Diego: January Is Human Trafficking Awareness Month in San Diego
1/19/17: Times of San Diego: Sex-Trafficking Alert in City Hall: ‘Sole Sisters’ Shoe Display
1/24/17: San Diego City Beat: Local org a new H.O.P.E. for victims of human trafficking
2/4/17: San Diego Union-Tribune: Schools take on sex trafficking
2/9/17: Times of San Diego: Atkins Bill Would Enlist Hotel Employees in Reporting Human Trafficking
4/12/17: San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego assemblyman's bill targets sex trafficking as a criminal business
4/26/17: Rancho Santa Fe Review: Lynch Foundation fundraiser to help prevent child sex trafficking
5/5/17: ABC News: San Diego's Sex Trafficking Business Targeted by Task Force
6/1/17: KPBS News: Trafficking Victims find Lifeline at City Heights Agency, but Funding may Run Dry
7/31/17: Rancho Santa Fe Review: Lynch Foundation for Children Holds Fundraising Gala
9/20/17: Village News: Non-Profit Saved in America Rescues Runaways from Sex Trafficking
10/9/17: San Diego Union Tribune: Businesses, Officers and Nonprofits to Launch Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign
10/14/17: San Diego DA: kNOw More Human Trafficking Prevention and Curriculum
10/29/17: San Diego Union Tribune: Slow but Steady Progress being made Against Sex Trafficking in San Diego
11/2/17: San Diego Union Tribune: Special Court Seeks to Aid Teen Trafficking Victims with Support and Rehabilitation
12/28/17: San Diego Magazine: Saved in America Fights Sex Trafficking in San Diego

Location and Hours

Taylor Hall, Room 203
Main Campus 

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.



Contact Us

Center for Justice & Reconciliation

Laura Decker
Coordinator, Center for Justice and Reconciliation
(719) 373-0388