My journey began in Peru, in 2003, by implementing a pilot project of restorative justice with youth, which was very successful and became a national program (public policy) in 2010, led by the Peruvian Public Ministry. In 2009, during the first World Congress on Restorative Juvenile Justice in Lima, I had the opportunity to meet the former International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) president, Ted Wachtel, who led me to discover and appreciate the diverse and powerful tools of restorative practices that may be implemented in criminal, educational, community, organizational and other settings. Since then, I went on to promote and implement restorative practices in many countries in Latin America. I’ve implemented, counseled and visited a range of projects in multiple countries, and I’ve trained hundreds of professionals, promoting the advantages and benefits of restorative practices. In this session I have an opportunity to share that restorative journey, sharing anecdotes and good practices, but also limitations and obstacles that I’ve found along the way. This is a positive journey that hasn’t stopped and never will cease to grow. I’ll show pictures and videos that show that restorative practices are the way to go!
Supplemental information: http://costarica2016.iirp.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Relato-de-una-Reunión-Restaurativa.pdf