Trauma Sensitive Restorative Justice Series: Trauma Informed RJ Processes
Facilitated by the DC Peace Team

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021:  7:00pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Location: ONLINE (Zoom link provided in the confirmation message and about 24 hrs. before the session)
Contact: Jeri Fields,

Restorative Justice or Restorative practices is a social science that studies how to improve and repair relationships between people and communities. The purpose is to build healthy communities, increase social capital, decrease crime and antisocial behavior, repair harm and restore relationships. Considering how to understand and hold trauma in applications of restorative practices will be visited in this series in the following fields: restorative justice processes (August 11th), relationship dynamics (August 18th), and cycles of violence (August 25th). Please register for each of these sessions independently, however we encourage everyone to attend the overview first (August 4th) as this will set the stage and manage expectations for the remaining sessions.

This session uses the ‘lens of trauma’ to understand behavior and how to support individuals by meeting their underlying needs, rather than punishing its symptoms. Today, many organizations incorporate “restorative practices. When implemented successfully, restorative practices change how we see each other by moving from enforcing a punitive style to cultivating caring, empathy, and community. It is the intention to transform communities into environments where all stakeholders feel physically and socio-emotionally safe.

Any personal exploration during this series should be done within each individual's level of comfort and safety. There is significant stress, tension and trauma in the social space at home and globally, and therefore we will move gently and all participation is voluntary.

1) Awareness - raise awareness of trauma principles and restorative practices
2) Reflection - provide space for reflection and sharing of relational trauma
3) Inspiration -  understanding how this intersection activates social change

We request payment of $25-$50 to support our work and help us better serve the community.  And, participation matters to us! You are enthusiastically welcomed to join even if you are unable or unwilling to give money at this time.

After completing the registration below, please submit payment today--; or checks can be written out to DC Peace Team and mailed to Eli McCarthy, 7305 Baylor Ave. College Park, MD 20740.

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This training is provided by the DC Peace Team, which empowers ordinary civilians to increasingly serve their communities particularly as nonviolent peacekeepers, and by extension as peacemakers and peacebuilders. The DC Peace Team lives this mission by: deploying unarmed civilian protection and accompaniment units, providing training in various nonviolent skills, and facilitating dialogues and restorative justice approaches.
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Jeri Fields (she/her) is a former educator who serves in her community as a first responder chaplain with a longstanding commitment to the spiritual well-being of all of God’s people. She is currently enrolled in Vermont Law School, earning a Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice. She is inspired by the transforming and healing powers that occur within circles that offer safe spaces to be brave and vulnerable as personal stories are shared openly with authenticity, deep listening, and respect for others. In her professional and personal life, she is passionate about restorative justice and is a recent and enthusiastic member of the Restorative Justice family of the DC Peace Team.

Maite Rubio (she/her) serves as a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Program Analyst
in the Office of Response & Recovery. She is a second-year Masters of Public Administration candidate, with a concentration in Social Policy. She graduated from George Mason University, B.A in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development. Maite is an advocate for social justice and healing.
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