Restorative Justice is an approach to harm that focuses not on broken rules or laws but on how people are affected by wrongdoing and how to repair harm that was caused. People across the US and the world use restorative justice to respond to conflict in schools, community groups, neighborhoods, families, workplaces, and more. And restorative justice is happening right here in our communities, with youth and adults, in schools and in the legal system. Mel Motel, Director of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center, and Rosie Nevins-Alderfer, Director of Restorative Justice Programs at Youth Services will be leading a conversation about what Restorative Justice is, why it matters, and what it looks like in our local area today.
Mel Motel is pleased to have joined the Brattleboro Community Justice Center as Director in August 2017. Prior to joining the BCJC, Mel was Founder and Director of the Just Schools Project, where she worked with hundreds of youth and adults throughout New England to bring restorative practices to K-12 schools. She also has taught Community and Restorative Justice at the Community College of Vermont, has organized around incarceration issues through the Human Rights Defense Center, and is a member of the national funding circle, Criminal Justice Initiative.