Charito Calvachi Mateyko
Charito Calvachi Mateyko
Charito Calvachi-Mateyko is the founding member of the Latino Initiative on Restorative Justice, Inc. (LIRJ), a 501(c)(3) organization based in Lewes, Delaware, and she is the principal of Delaware Transformative Justice, LLC. In her service to the community, appointed by the Delaware Governor, she is Co-Chair of the Delaware Hispanic Commission. Additionally, she is the Coordinator of the Delaware Civil Rights Coalition, and board member of ACLU-DE. She is the 2016 recipient of the Restorative Justice Life Achievement Award from the Center for Community Peacemaking in Lancaster, PA for her 21-involvement as a case facilitator, trainer, and board member.Her work consist in bringing together local community members to establish Restorative Justice practices in schools, prison and racial justice issues, especially in places where there are deep cultural divides in our society.
Charito illustrates her passion for social justice, by cultivating connections between different groups of people through conferences, training sessions, healing retreats and radio. She has been awarded grants to develop the Healing Communities for Racial Justice, and Healing Each Other Project by the Speer Trust Grant from the Presbyterian Church, and from the Arsht-Cannon Fund to apply Peacemaking Circles for ELL students at Cape Henlopen High School. Her publications range from topics in Circles and trauma healing and resilience to the strategic use of the media in peacebuilding. Calvachi-Mateyko received a B.A. in political sciences and a doctorate degree in law (Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador). She also obtained a master in conflict transformation under the mentorship of Howard Zehr, known as the “grandfather of restorative justice” (Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia). She has been a keynote speaker for Restorative Justice events in more than 10 countries, hired by the UN and the USAID to train Central American young leaders, family judges, judicial operators and social workers on Restorative Justice. She was also hired by COMJIB to write a Manual on Restorative Justice to train judges in Central America. Charito lives in Delaware with her husband architect John Mateyko.
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