Amalia Molina, Executive Director of Center for Restorative Justice Works, and Azim Khamisa.

Amalia Molina, Executive Director of Center for Restorative Justice Works, and Azim Khamisa.

By Lt. Rosie Thomas, AA/Public Information Officer
California Institution for Women

A father whose only son was killed by gang members has turned his family’s loss into a way to help others.

The California Institution for Women (CIW) recently hosted the Inmate Leisure Time Activity Group Women of Wisdom annual event, put on by The Center for Restorative Justice Works.

Guest speaker Azim Khamisa founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation to break the cycle of youth violence.

The foundation was named after Mr. Khamisa’s only son, Tariq Khamisa, who in 1995 at the age of 20, lost his life on the streets of San Diego delivering pizza to gang members who ambushed him.

Khamisa spoke to CIW’s general population inmates on the theme of the night, “The Power of Forgiveness.”

“I will mourn Tariq’s death for the rest of my life. Now, however, my grief has been transformed into a powerful commitment to change. Change is urgently needed in a society where children kill children,” Khamisa wrote on the foundation’s website.

(Editor’s note: Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)

Learn more about the organization, https://tkf.org/