I have done Circles in the following contexts: staff meetings at organizations, gang centers and youth summits, inter-group dialogue between adults brought together from countries of conflict, k12 and post-secondary classrooms, circle process training, conflict and restorative Circles including in cases of youth diversion programs and adult sexual/severe harm, reintegration of formerly incarcerated, and international peacebuilding projects in Israel, Palestine, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka. I also have experience in community conferencing.
I have experience doing Circles for relationship building, conflict, decision making, restorative, healing, grieving, celebration, and intensive support.
Here are some of the groups I have worked with: RestorativeDC, a program of SchoolTalk and our dozens of school partners, Latin American Youth Center, Seeds of Peace, Identity, Prince George’s County Community Conferencing Program, Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County, American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, National Peace Academy, Eastern Mennonite University, Montgomery County Public schools, Centre for Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (Sri Lanka), University of Maryland Words of Engagement Inter-Group Dialogue Program, US Institute of Peace, Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, Restorative Arlington initiative.
Areas of Interest and Service
Circle process design, keeping, and training; restorative justice program consultation, design, and implementation.
Having practiced restorative justice and implemented RJ programs since 2010, Tarek Maassarani regularly provides training, presentations, restorative interventions, and community accountability processes to schools, organizations, faith-based groups, and the general public. He is currently allied with efforts to build Restorative Justice in Utah through the Restorative Justice Collaborative of Utah, as well as in Washington DC, Athens Georgia, Athens Ohio, Arlington Virginia, Prince Georgeís County Maryland, Charlottesville NC, and Nevada. Tarek is part of a variety of RJ-related advocacy groups and coalitions and an RJ pilot for cases of sexual harm in partnership with local survivors advocacy and services organizations. In 2014, Tarek co-founded Restorative DC, a program of SchoolTalk that partners with a couple dozen DCPS and public charter schools for whole-school implementation of Restorative Justice practices and culture change. Restorative DC offers intensive, trauma-informed, collaborative, customized, onsite, and locally-based technical support to schools, as well as monthly training and peer learning opportunities and a juvenile justice diversion program. In 2012, he helped established the Prince Georges County Community Conferencing Program, a Maryland judiciary-funded program that receives referrals from county schools and the juvenile justice system.