Rose Elizondo is a restorative justice expert and advocate for peaceful prison reform. Her work focuses on indigenous peacemaking, community building and finding healing alternatives to the criminal justice system.
Elizondo has worked as a restorative justice organizer in the Northern California region for nearly 15 years. In 2005 she co-founded the San Quentin Prison Restorative Justice Interfaith Roundtable, which is now one of the largest grassroots prison restorative justice initiatives in the United States. As a 2017 Soros Fellow, she plans to continue to work with Navajo community leaders in creating alternatives to the justice system in through the use of cultural traditions and practices.
2017 Soros Justice Fellow and Prison Reform Advocate
Areas of Expertise: Restorative Justice, Indigenous Peacemaking, Racial Equity and its intersections of Mass Incarceration, Restorative Economics and Food Justice.
Location: Crownpoint, NM and San Francisco, CA
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Wiley has authored many articles in various publications like the Huffington Post and The Grio. She is a licensed civil rights attorney and policy advocate, and has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and in South Africa. She has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union National Legal Department, in the Poverty and Justice Program of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Prior to founding the Center for Social Inclusion, Wiley was a senior advisor on race and poverty to the Director of U.S. Programs of the Open Society Institute and helped develop and implement the Open Society Foundation, South Africa’s Criminal Justice Initiative.
Founder, President of the Center for Social Inclusion
Areas of Expertise: Race, Racial Justice, Racial Equity, Public Policy