WHO WE ARE
As a community founded by formers, we care deeply for those seeking a pathway out of violent extremism. Our past experiences, rehumanization and growth help us understand and mentor those who are still navigating the path to wholeness. Compassion is the basis for promoting individual and societal prosperity without violence.
We listen with open minds and hearts to the journeys and experiences of others because we are committed to creating an environment that supports change and healing. While we never condone hurtful actions, we also do not condemn the human being.
By way of ethical standards, responsible leadership, and continuous internal accountability audits, we endeavor to do the right thing on behalf of ourselves as individuals, the communities we serve, and all stakeholders.
Those who take responsibility for their journey create the possibility for redemption. We inspire and sustain individual change by forgiving and empowering. The greatest challenge is in opening the door to a new life, and we are committed to supporting honest efforts of individuals to renew their lives.
Accountability is the pathway to redemption. It transcends punishment, and exists independent of forgiveness. It empowers us to move beyond the grief of knowing how our past choices inform current events. It is the lifelong commitment to action that adds good to the world; and to calling out inaction and refusing to turn a blind eye to the pain of our fellow human beings.
Formers as Peer Mentors
Read Life After Hate’s framework outlining the best practices for using former violent extremists as peer mentors in the disengagement and deradicalization space.