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This profile was last updated on 1/12/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Ms. Janet Connors

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Board Member

Mothers for Justice and Equality
Company Description: Mothers for Justice and Equality (MJE) harnesses and focuses the fierce love and protectiveness of mothers to create neighborhoods where playgrounds are safe and...   more

Employment History

  • Human Media
  • Survivor Support Coordinator
    Louis Brown Peace Institute

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Active Member
    Massachusetts Restorative Justice Collaborative
  • Fellow
    Suffolk University Center for Restorative Justice
  • Board Member
    Reflect & Strengthen
  • Community Fellow and Trainer With the Center for Restorative Justice
    Suffolk University
  • Board Member
    Louis Brown Peace Institute
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Web References
Justice Studies Association - Chomsky AWARDS: Chomsky Award - Social Activist Award, 12 Jan 2015 [cached]
Janet Connors is a long time community and social justice activist in Boston neighborhoods most affected by violence and social injustices. She brings over 40 years experience working with youth and families in community based organizations. She worked as the Survivor Support Coordinator at the Louis Brown Peace Institute for a number of years where she kept circles with families to promote healing from grief and trauma; to assist families with decision-making; peace-keeping efforts and preparation for the court process. Janet Connors is a long time community and social justice activist in Boston neighborhoods most affected by violence and social injustices. She brings over 40 years experience working with youth and families in community based organizations. Today, she brings restorative justice practices to schools as alternatives to suspension; as a means to build positive relationships and strong community by engaging in meaningful dialogue through the Circle Process. She has served for several years as Community Fellow and Trainer with the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University; and as a former Board member of Reflect & Strengthen. Janet is currently an active member of the Massachusetts Restorative Justice Collaborative; a Board Member of Mothers for Justice and Equality; and a member of "Legacy Lives On" Survivor Support Organization. She participates on the Leadership Team of the Family Advisory Committee for the Department of Children and Families and is a Survivor to Survivor Support and Program Consultant to the Homicide Support Services Program at the BIDMC Violence Prevention and Recovery Center. She is the Circle keeper for a Restorative Juvenile Court Diversion Program in Lowell, Massachusetts; is working on bringing a similar program to Boston Juvenile Court. Ms. Connors has also been instrumental along with others in bringing survivors of violent crime together with those incarcerated for violent crimes in Restorative Retreats of Responsibility in a Massachusetts Prison.
A survivor herself, Janet lost her son Joel to homicide. Her own personal journey brought about a change in policy practice to the state of Massachusetts which offers victims the option of calling for and participating in Victim-Offender Dialogue. She has met in restorative dialogue with two of the young men who killed her son and their mothers. She has participated side by side with these young men in a forum on VOD where together they presented about the transformational benefits of their experience with restorative VOD. In the audience there were youth and community workers, teachers, other Victims/Survivors, Victim Service Providers, Assistant District Attorneys and other workers in State Government and in the Criminal Justice System.
Janet is a frequent public speaker and has participated on many panels at various forums locally and nationally; is on faculty for the MOVA Advocate Academy; was interviewed by HUMANKIND NPR Radio show; was MOVA's keynote speaker at the State House for Victim Rights Awareness Week and is the receiver of a National Award for Leadership in Community and Restorative Justice. Janet works in schools and community settings as a circle keeper, restorative justice practitioner and trainer.
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Human Media: Janet Connors, 8 April 2014 [cached]
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-- Janet Connors, Teaches "restorative justice" after her son was murdered
"I think every time [Janet] tells her story, students immediately like perk up, they're listening.
Janet Connors tells the agonizing story of losing her 19-year-old son, Joel, who was murdered during a home invasion in Boston in 2001. Before the tragedy, she was a long-time community activist, who had campaigned to make sure poor people's heat would not be turned off in winter and drove families to visit an incarcerated loved one -- because prisoners who maintained family connections had less recidivism. But upon her son's sudden death, Janet's core beliefs about justice were now "shaken to their core". She decided to reject paralyzing depression and vengeance, and instead devotes her life today to teaching public school students about "restorative justice", a philosophy that encourages forgiveness when wrongdoers accept accountability. We hear from Janet, and several members of Diploma Plus, a small learning community at Charlestown High, one of several public schools where she works in Boston. She also serves as a Fellow at the Suffolk University Center for Restorative Justice.
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Janet Conners Restorative Justice Training Consulting Practitioner
MJE - Home, 3 Nov 2013 [cached]
--Janet Connors, MJE Board Member,
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