- Keynote Speakers
Sujatha Baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crime. A former victim advocate and public defender, sujatha was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship, which she used to organized a successful restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County.
At the 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice she moderated the Keynote/Plenary Panel on "The Intersection of RJ and Forgiveness: An Interfaith Dialogue” with Azim Khamisa and Kate and Andy Gromaire. This was a powerful session that explored recovery from deep personal harm from different faith perspectives.
Sujatha is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences, has been a guest on NPR's Talk of the Nation, Victims Confront Offenders Face to FAce, and The Today Show. Her work has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine. She often speaks publically and inside prisons about her personal experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her path to forgiveness.
Today, Sujatha is the director of the Restorative Justice Project at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, where she helps communities implement restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies. She is also dedicated to advancing restorative justice to end child sexual abuse and intrafamilial and sexual violence. sujatha earned her A.B. from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held two federal clerkships. sujatha lives with her partner of 17 years, Jason, their son, Sathya, and their sweet dog, Django.