Dr. Balmaceda addresses justice globally and locally

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Monday October 5, 2015


Dr. Vilma "Nina" Balmaceda, Associate Professor of Political Science, participated at the Sixth Triennial Micah Global Consultation that took place in Lima, Peru on September 14-18, 2015. Micah is a global network that currently links 578 Christian organizations dedicated to pursuing peace, justice, relief and development around the world.

Dr. Balmaceda led a workshop on "Seeking Justice in Contexts of Violence," and moderated an academic debate on the challenges to the terminology and practice of Integral Mission, with the participation of Ms. Deborah Hancox (South Africa); Mr. Marcelo Vargas (Bolivia), Dr. Selena Headley (Canada); and Dr. Johannes Reimer (Germany).

More information about Micah can be found at: http://micahglobal.org.  

On a more local level, Dr. Balmaceda was also a featured speaker at the forum “A conversation about Restorative Justice: How Individuals and Communities Can Deal With Violent Crime” on September 20, 2015 at The Nyack Center. Dr. Balmaceda discussed the four basic functions of justice, and the role that restorative justice can play in helping individuals, families and communities affected by crime find healing, and prevent further violence. 

Other speakers included Tony award winning playwright and leader of the movement to end violence against women and girls, Ms. Eve Ensler; Mr. Toney Earl, Jr. and Mr. Tarik Greene, Executive Director and Deputy Director from the M.A.D.E. Transitional Services, respectively; and Fellowship of Reconciliation's Alan Levin, who facilitated the discussion after the presentations.

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