Introduction to Restorative Justice Circles
Facilitated by the DC Peace Team
Saturday, May 1, 2021: 10:00 am-2:00 pm EDT
Location: ONLINE (Zoom link provided about 24 hrs. before the session)**
For questions, contact Sal Corbin at
**Maximum space for 40 persons.
Restorative Justice, or "RJ," is a philosophy and set of practices that engage the community in building relationships and repairing harm through inclusive dialogue, deep understanding, and shared power.
This session will provide participants a chance to engage with both the theoretical roots and practical tactics of Restorative Justice Facilitation and Philosophy. Participants will establish a baseline for what, where, and how Restorative Justice manifests itself in our world. Attendees will engage in community building exercises, multimedia presentation, and ample dialogue around the core tenets of "RJ." Finally, participants will have a chance to enter their very own restorative circle, designed in the model that the DC Peace Team uses in the greater Washington, DC community. This will provide attendees with a chance to see, hear, and feel what Restorative Justice in Practice looks like, leading to a deeper understanding of how effective "RJ" can be.
1. Achieve an understanding of the core questions and tenets of Restorative Justice
2. Gain familiarity with the many forms of Restorative Practices
3. Understand the DC Peace Team method of Restorative Circle Keeping
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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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Jamal Jones (He/They/It) is a second-generation educator who earned their bachelor degree in Psychology and Psychoeducational Studies whilst at Howard University. Jamal's career focus has been on at-risk, juvenile, and special education students, specifically students with Emotional Behavior Disorders. While teaching in these alternative school settings, Jamal became a self-taught and trialed by fire in the skills presented. Jamal is currently finishing a Masters in Special Education and currently teaches adult learners at the Academy of Hope, DC.
Debra Budiani-Saberi (she/her) is a medical anthropologist and health and human rights activist with a longstanding international commitment to victim/survivor advocacy with trafficked persons. She is also a Mindfulness facilitator for youth (within and outside of schools) and families with an approach that blends an exploration of our inner worlds with our interpersonal relationships and that is rooted in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), neuroscience and social justice. Debra is an enthusiastic member of the Restorative Justice family of the DC Peace Team.
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.
Cielito ‘Maciel’ Godburn is from Fresno, California. She started the Crime Survivors Ministry to honor the memory of her husband Special Agent John Godburn. She is a certified Grief Companion and a Victim Advocate /Counselor in violent crimes such as homicide, sexual assault, and domestic violence. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a degree in Early Childhood Education with special focus in Early Intervention. She is a Registered Behavior Therapist. She has 17 years of experience working with international companies in an administrative and coordination role. She is a COSA (Circles of Support and Accountability) prison reentry program volunteer and a VORP (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program) volunteer mediator. Maciel upholds the sanctity of every human being and she is a Restorative Justice advocate.
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