Mending the Harm through Restorative Justice Practices from a Prosecutors lens.
May 26, 2021, 12pm-1:30pm CST
Keynote Speaker: Seema Gajawani
Seema Gajwani is the Special Counsel for Juvenile Justice reform and Chief of restorative justice in Washington, D.C.’s Office of Attorney General. Seema launched the first restorative justice program housed within the Prosecutors office, where Prosecutors and restorative justice facilitators engage to encourage young people to take responsibility for their actions and understand the impact their actions have on victims. The approach focuses on reaching a solution between the harmed and the accused, that does not require detention or contact with the juvenile justice system, all of which is operated through the Prosecutors Office. According to Seema “I think it’s really changed the culture of prosecution in this office. It’s propelled prosecutors to think more broadly about crime and conflict.” Seema will discuss restorative justice practices that shifts the transactional prosecutorial process to a culture of transformation that brings forth accountability, responsibility, empathy and consequential thinking.