Former Chief Justice Victoria Pratt named executive director of social change organization Odyssey Impact


Judge Victoria Pratt

Interfaith nonprofit uses creative storytelling and media to catalyze social change

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, Oct. 11, 2022 / — Odyssey Impact®, an interfaith non-profit organization that promotes social change through innovative storytelling and media, today announced that Justice Victoria Pratt has been named Executive Director. A former Chief Justice of the Newark City Court in Newark, New Jersey, Justice Pratt is the perfect person to lead the organization connecting faith and secular communities. She is nationally recognized for her unwavering commitment to reforming the American criminal justice system.

“It is truly an honor to lead and amplify the galvanizing work of Odyssey Impact. The use of media alongside the social change work of religious and secular leaders is what makes Odyssey unique and effective,” said Judge Pratt. As a pioneer in procedural justice, she has championed the transformation of the culture of the justice system by harnessing the power of dignity and respect.

“At Odyssey Impact, we foster deep community engagement using our award-winning films. We mobilize changemakers, educators, religious and secular leaders around pressing social issues. We facilitate difficult conversations about racial justice, gender inequality, religious intolerance, gun violence and ending mass incarceration. We are thrilled to have Justice Pratt share her expertise and vision as she joins us in this critical work,” said Marcia Fingal, Odyssey Board Chair.

Judge Pratt offering a second chance to people in difficulty made all the difference for people who not only needed a chance to rehabilitate, but also for those who needed psychological, medical or housing help. She has found that acknowledging the person and their difficulties is extremely powerful as part of the healing and rehabilitation process.

While presiding over her courtroom, Judge Pratt used procedural justice and innovative problem solving as alternatives to punitive sentencing. She offered alternatives to low-level offenders, such as targeted community services, attendance at counseling sessions, and her signature mission of writing introspective essays to uncover self-awareness and unpack the choices that drove offenders. offenders in court.

Judge Pratt’s highly rated TED talk, “How Judges Can Show Respect,” has been listed as one of the “15 Most Viral Motivational Talks on Facebook,” with over 37 million views. She has been featured in The Guardian and Forbes and on PBS. Considered a global expert, she has field experience in Dubai, Ukraine, England, Scotland, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. His book “The Power of Dignity: How Transforming Justice Can Heal Our Communities”, published by Seal Press/The Hachette Book Group, was released on May 10, 2022 to rave reviews.

Learn more about Odyssey Impact
Building on a three-decade history of creating over 1,000 films and videos and reaching millions of viewers, Odyssey Impact strives to empower coalitions of changemakers to empower and engage communities through documentaries and social impact campaigns. Odyssey Impact enables powerful stories to connect communities and catalyze much-needed social change.

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Juliana Ollers
Impact of the Odyssey
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