REBECCA WEIKER, PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Rebecca is dedicated to creating opportunities for transformation and healing for everyone impacted by violence, including victims and people responsible for harm. Her work in Restorative Justice is rooted in her longstanding commitment to addressing disparities that impact the health and well being of men, women, and children in communities of color. Rebecca's work is grounded as well in her personal history; her beloved sister Wendy was murdered in 1992.
Rebecca received her Master's Degree in Public Heath Policy (Child and Family Health) from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is a certified mediator and Victim Offender Dialogue Facilitator, and is a student of the practices Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion. Rebecca is a certified parent educator through The Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting and has taught the practice of nonviolent child raising to hundreds of parents and professionals. Today, Rebecca is the Program Director of Re:store Justice, where she leads our transformative justice work with victims and incarcerated individuals, both inside prisons and in the community.

3 posts by Rebecca Weiker

Healing from Violence — Twenty-Six Years Later

Healing from Violence — Twenty-Six Years Later

"From the perspective of twenty-six years later, I would like to share my own experience and lessons learned about the impact of such an experience, the first of which is that each person is entitled to their own journey and feelings."…

The Cycle of Trauma Ends in Tragedy for the Silver Lake Community

The Cycle of Trauma Ends in Tragedy for the Silver Lake Community

This is my local Trader Joe's, a store at the heart of my community. I have lived in the neighborhood since 1995 and I have shopped there literally a thousand times. As these tragic events were unfolding, my family was engaged in the following: I was helping co-facilitate a beautiful day of healing for families with children who have loved ones who were killed. My son had just left his…

Victims’ Rights, Victims’ Needs, and the Role of Restorative Justice

Victims’ Rights, Victims’ Needs, and the Role of Restorative Justice

Rebecca Weiker, Re:store Justice Program Director In her recent New Yorker article about the unlikely alliance of feminists and conservatives that helped create the victim’s rights movement, Jill Lapore defines victim rights and offender rights as in opposition to each other. Restorative Justice offers an alternative approach, addressing the needs of both victims and offenders in order to create healing, offer reparations, promote accountability, and prevent future harm.…