CTJM members, along with a dedicated group of specialists and organizers volunteering their time, have been working hard to ensure that the reparations package passed on May 6, 2015 is properly implemented and CTJM is excited to share some important updates:
57 Individuals Received Financial Compensation!
On January 4, 2016, the City of Chicago began distributing financial compensation to 57 survivors of Burge torture, most of whom received the maximum amount of $100,000 allowed for by the City council ordinance (a survivor only received less if he had previously received money as part of a settlement from a prior lawsuit pertaining to the torture he suffered). The distribution of this money was critical because the survivors who received money had no legal recourse to recover any other financial compensation for the torture they endured since the statute of limitations for claims relating to the torture expired decades ago.
Job Training, City Colleges, and City Programs
Chicago City Colleges is currently enrolling reparations recipients and their family members in Chicago City Colleges for the Fall 2016 term, which begins August 29, 2016. If you or an immediately family member (including grandchildren) are interested in enrolling for the fall term, registration ends August 22, 2016.
To learn more about City Colleges and classes and programs they have to offer, the City Colleges is hosting an information session on:
June 18, 2016
1900 W. Jackson
Multipurpose Room/Conference Center
For more information about the City Colleges, classes and programs,, you can contact Melissa Champs, Director of Recruitment with City Colleges at 312-553-2630.
Community Center for Survivors and Families of Police Torture
We are making momentous strides in establishing the Community Center for Survivors and Families of Police Torture, a Center that will be the first of its kind in the United States. The Center will provide specialized trauma services, family therapy, substance abuse counseling and other necessary services for the Burge torture survivors and their family members on the south side of Chicago.
Although the reparations ordinance specified that the City would provide three years of services, our hope is that we can make this Center a permanent place on the South Side that will not only provide these necessary services to Burge torture survivors and their family members, but to all survivors of law enforcement violence in Chicago.
To establish this Center, CTJM has worked hard to recruit an amazing group of volunteers – social workers, psychologists, case managers and others – who are serving on an ad hoc steering committee to develop a plan and a process for creating this Center. CTJM also requested and received a $150,000 grant from the City of Chicago to fund the planning process, identify a location, and hire necessary staff. At the beginning of this year, the steering committed hired Camesha Jones to serve as a project coordinator for the planning process and she has been meeting with survivors, family members, and others in the community to gather their invaluable and necessary input, ideas and visions.
The Steering Committee is also seeking to hire:
· An executive director for the Center, please find the job description here. Job applications are due June 17, 2016.
· An outreach specialist for the Center, please find the job description here. As a peer-to-peer position, the outreach specialist must be a survivor of police torture. Job applications are due June 30, 2016.
If you’d like more information about the community center or are interested in helping to create the Center please email the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are hopeful that the Center can begin providing services to Burge torture survivors and their family members in the beginning of 2017.
School Curriculum about Burge Torture
A team of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers, historians, educators and CPS representatives is working to create the initial draft of the school curriculum about Burge torture to be taught to 8th and 10th graders in Chicago Public Schools. We are hopeful the curriculum will be piloted in classrooms in the fall of 2016.
CTJM will continue to press on to properly implement all components of the reparations legislation.