Webinar: Transformative Justice

When: -

Guest: RJ Maccani, Mia Mingus and Nathaniel Shara

Host: Dr. Johonna Turner


What is transformative justice? What can restorative justice thinkers, scholars and practitioners learn from the contemporary transformative justice movement? This webinar offers an introduction to transformative justice. It will also highlight leading organizers’ current work to conceptualize transformative justice praxis and create responses to intimate violence.

Guest Bios

RJ Maccani has been active in social and environmental justice movements since the late ’90s. His work over the past decade has been in the fields of transformative justice, somatic coaching, and creative arts production. While completing graduate studies at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work in 2016, RJ served as the first in-house therapist for Common Justice’s restorative justice program working with young people convicted of violent felonies in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently employed as a Behavioral Health Clinician with the NYC Mental Health Service Corps and also works as a generative somatics teacher and practitioner.


Mia Mingus is a writer, public speaker, community educator and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. She is a core member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC), a local collective working to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse, and a 2016 Just Beginnings Collaborative fellow funded for The Living Bridges Project, an anonymous story-collecting project documenting responses to child sexual abuse.

Nathaniel Shara is a social justice therapist and community educator whose work focuses on healing trauma, cultivating resilience and building collective power for social change. He has spent over 15 years engaged in grassroots anti-violence organizing and education, and in recent years has focused on developing transformative justice responses to intimate violence. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Social Work, Nathan currently works with individuals and groups as a trauma therapist for survivors and perpetrators of abuse. He has been teaching with the Bay-Area-based organization Generative Somatics since 2010.