AVP-USA National Gathering 

Pace University in Pleasantville, NY 
Memorial Day Weekend, May 22 to 25, 2020

   About the Gathering

  • Engage in conversation about criminal justice system reform with two outstanding keynote speakers, Khalil Cumberbatch, the Chief Strategist at New Yorkers United for Justice, and Scott Semple, the retired Commissioner of Corrections for Connecticut.

  • Observe a segment of the Ritual for Return, a rite of passage ceremony for those returning from prison, and hear how the experience has changed lives.

  • Go deeper in a 3-hour Monday Mini-workshop: Aiki AVP - Embodied Peacemaking, Trauma-Informed AVP Workshops, Manly Awareness or others.

  • Share ideas at the World Café and learn about
    ways to participate in AVP-USA’s work.

  • Choose from more than 25 breakout sessions
    bringing new ideas and exercises to AVP 
    consider being on the facilitation team for one
    of them.

  • Network with AVP facilitators from around the
    country and around the world.

  • Guide the future of AVP with committee meetings at the Friday open board retreat and the AVP-USA annual business meeting.

  • Participate in off-campus post-conference activities on Tuesday, May 26. 

  • Meet old friends and make new ones.
      For a complete schedule for the conference go to
   the Program Page.


2020 Vision for the Future
  •  We have a vision of accompanying returning   citizens on their re-entry to the free world.  

  • We have a vision of reducing violence in our society, in our communities, in our schools and in our prisons.

  • We have a vision of creating a more inclusive and diverse organization.

  • We have a vision of finding the financial resources that will be needed to support the growing and expanding AVP program.

  • We have a vision of finding new facilitators who will help to expand and grow the AVP program throughout the country.

  • We have a vision of new exercises, new workshops and new technology for the future.

  • We have a vision of new programs to reach new groups including veterans, schools, immigrants, gangs and other diverse groups.

  •  We have a vision of reforming the criminal justice system.

             To register for the conference go to the