The Road to Repair: Restorative Justice in the Aftermath of Serious Violence and Harm

A panel of restorative and community-based practitioners share the models they apply to support those responsible for violence in their accountability, and those who have survived in their healing and resilience. Presenters describe values, tensions, and possibilities of this work in the context of the criminal legal system and its intersections with racial justice work.

Presentation materials:

Resources mentioned in webinar:

  • Creative Interventions Toolkit. A extensive collection of resources, examples, and strategies for survivor support and accountability work rooted in community.
  • TransformHarm. A resource hub about ending violence, featuring collected writings on restorative and transformative justice.
  • Survived & Punished. Campaigns and resources (including the Criminalizing Survival Curricula) highlighting the ways in which many survivors experiences of domestic violence, rape, and other forms of gender violence are bound up with systems of incarceration and police violence  
  • Howard Zehr Institute. Zehr authored the Little Book of Restorative Justice mentioned during the webinar. 

Speakers:

Martina Kartman is a Soros Justice Fellow at the Public Defender Association. Martina focuses on moving away from imprisonment as a frontline approach to addressing violence, and building responses to harm that uphold the needs, humanity and dignity of all impacted people. She currently runs a restorative justice-based circle process to support the healing and accountability processes for individuals in Washington State prisons and to support the healing and resilience of survivors of all forms of violence. Martina received the UW Bonderman Fellowship, Karin Stromberg Contribution to Social Justice, the Herring Phelps Award for Scholarly Activism, and the Meena Vashee Scholarship for Survivors. Martina is a graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and Law, Society, and Justice. She holds a JD from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar.

Priya Rai is the Community Solutions Coordinator at API Chaya, and is a graduate from the University of Washington School of Law. She is a queer, mixed race, prison abolitionist who is dreaming wildly and fighting to win. She is dedicated to building power in marginalized communities by mobilizing against violence, and through finding transformative community-based solutions to harm. She has worked in the anti-violence and anti-prison movement for over a decade, and believes in the inherent power of the people and our communities to create a world where no one is disposable. Her work looks like building up skills, tools, and knowledge for hundreds of community members to respond to harm and having the loving and equitable relationships that they want, directly intervening in violent situations, and facilitating many healing processes.

Recording of a webinar originally broadcast on April 16, 2019.