Host organization: Painted Desert Demonstration Projects
Rose Elizondo will create alternatives to the retributive justice system using Navajo peacemaking philosophy to restore balance to communities after crime.
Elizondo has been an innovative restorative justice movement builder in northern California since 2003. She has developed a wide range of programs, trainings, and practices following Mesoamerican peacemaking traditions in schools and communities in the United States and Mexico. In 2005, she cofounded the San Quentin Prison Restorative Justice Interfaith Roundtable, which partners with the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and is now one of the largest grassroots prison restorative justice programs in the United States. As a community organizer, she cofounded the North Oakland Restorative Justice Council. Elizondo incorporates an intersectional approach to community healing and policy change with and for people who were formerly incarcerated, people who lost loved ones to homicide, and youth whose parents are incarcerated. A native of South Texas, Elizondo received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin.