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Janet Connors is a long time community and social justice activist in Boston neighborhoods most affected by violence and social injustices.
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.
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.
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.
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
son Joel to homicide.
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.
has met in restorative dialogue with two of the young men who killed her
son and their mothers.
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.
works in schools and community settings as a circle keeper, restorative justice practitioner and trainer.