Rose Elizondo

Active Leader
Restorative Justice in Northern California

Rose Elizondo has been an active leader in restorative justice in Northern California since 2003.  She has developed a wide range of Restorative Justice (RJ) programs, trainings, and practices following Mesoamerican peacemaking traditions in schools and communities in the US and Mexico.. In 2005, she co-founded the San Quentin Prison RJ Interfaith Roundtable with a handful of incarcerated men. Now over 200 incarcerated men/transgender people sit in circles each week, making it the largest grassroots prison RJ program in the US. The program partners with UC Berkeley's law school and has become a model for restorative justice programs. As a community organizer, she co-founded the North Oakland Restorative Justice Council which does innovative grassroots community RJ work. She has done healing work in the Oakland and Navajo communities with people who were previously incarcerated, people who lost loved ones to homicide and youth whose parents are incarcerated. Rose is descendant of the original inhabitants of the place now called South Texas. She and her husband of 28 years sit in silence with the men in San Quentin prison each week. They use restorative parenting to raise their two daughters.

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