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Janet Connors

Survivor Support Coordinator

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

HQ Phone:  (617) 825-1917

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Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

15 Christopher St.

Boston, Massachusetts, 02122

United States

Company Description

Our Mission: The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute serves as a center of healing, teaching and learning for families and communities dealing with murder, trauma, grief and loss. Our Process: Committed to restorative justice theories, the Peace Institute provide...more

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Background Information

Employment History

Long Time Community and Social Justice Activist

The Institute for Restorative Initiatives


Affiliations

MJE

Board Member


Legacy Lives On

Member of Survivor Support Organization


Massachusetts Restorative Justice Collaborative

Active Member


Suffolk University

Community Fellow and Trainer With the Center for Restorative Justice


Reflect & Strengthen

Board Member


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Our Team - Institute for Restorative Initiatives

Janet Connors
Janet Connors is a long time community and social justice activist in Boston, targeting neighborhoods most affected by violence and social injustices. She brings over 40 years experience working with youth and families in community based organizations as a Survivor Support Coordinator at the Louis Brown Peace Institute, and member of Mothers for Justice and Equality, "Legacy Lives On" Survivor Support Organization, 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. A survivor herself, Janet lost her son, Joel, to homicide. Janet met in restorative dialogue with two of the young men who killed her son and their mothers. Her own personal journey brought about a change in policy practice to Massachusetts, offering victims the option of participating in Victim-Offender Dialogue. Janet has worked extensively in Boston Public Schools serving as a restorative justice trainer and educator in several BPS alternative high schools.


Justice Studies Association - Chomsky AWARDS: Chomsky Award - Social Activist Award

JANET CONNORS
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. Janet Connors


Chomsky Awards | Justice Studies Association

JANET CONNORS
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. 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.


Justice Studies Association- Welcome

The Annual Noam Chomsky Award for 2014 will be presented to Janet Connors.
JANET CONNORS Janet Connors is a long time community and social justice activist in Boston neighborhoods most affected by violence and social injustices. 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. 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.


http://www.neacr.org/workshop-info

Restorative Justice: One Compass, Many Directions (panel discussion)/Lucinda Brown, Janet Connors, and Jennifer Larson Sawin; co-convenors Carolyn Boyes-Watson and Nan Starr
Janet Connors is a longtime community and social justice activist who has lived and worked in Dorchester all her life. A single mother, she raised three children but is known to many young people as Ma or Mama J and has more than 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 and today takes restorative justice practices to schools as alternatives to suspension. She is currently a community fellow and trainer with the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University, a board member of Reflect & Strengthen, on the leadership team of both Mothers for Justice and Equality and the Family Advisory Committee for the Department of Children and Families, and is a Survivor to Survivor support consultant to the Beth Israel Deaconess Violence Prevention and Recovery Center. A survivor herself, Janethas met in restorative dialogue with two of the young men who killed her son Joel. Her own journey brought about a change in policy in Massachusetts, which now offers victims the option of calling for and participating in victim-offender dialogue.


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