Drawing from experiences in Burundi and Maine, Lucy Duncan shows how telling stories of violence and trauma in a context in which those stories will be believed, listened to, and deeply held by the community can lay the foundation for healing and for reconciliation between perpetrators and victims—and pave the way to ending harmful practices and conflicts.
In June, the Wabanaki tribes and the governor of Maine signed a historic mandate for a truth and reconciliation process dealing with the child welfare system. Decades after the federally sponsored Indian Adoption Project tried (and failed) to prove that native children would be better off raised by white families, the idea persisted in Maine. The trauma runs deep, but this united effort is one more step toward healing.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (July 10, 2012) - A report on an international conference on the theme: "Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Lessons learned from Truth and Reconciliation Commissions," will be released on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 9:00am at Royal Palace Hotel in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Télécharger la version française La justice transitionnelle: les leçons tirées des commissions de la Vérité et la Réconciliation. Ce rapport de 33 pages traite de l'impact et de la Commision de la Vérité et
Download the English version of Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Lessons Learned from Truth and Reconciliation Commissions. This 29 page report covers the impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commision in Burundi.
This report gathers observations and recommendations from the 60 participants of the international conference, Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Lessons Learned from Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, held at the Safari Gate Hotel, Bujumbura, Burundi from August 24 to August 26, 2011. The information in this report was developed during the conference by all the participants assembled.
“It is the first truth and reconciliation (process) in this country that is dealing with the child welfare system in the United States. It’s also the first truth and reconciliation between a government of the United States and a sovereign tribal nation. And as far as we know, because we’ve done work with the Transitional Justice Center in New York City, it is also the first that‘s been developed collaboratively between two opposing parties.” ~Denise Altvater
The following are excerpts from a recent conversation with Denise Altvater, AFSC’s Wabanaki Program Coordinator in Maine. Keith Harvey, AFSC’s regional director in New England, hosted the telephone conversation, and several friends and supporters joined the call.
Keith: Denise, would you introduce yourself and your work?
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