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Decolonizing Justice: Advancing Community-Grown Justice Solutions

Viviana Gordon

Viviana Gordon is the deputy director at the Red Hook Community Justice Center in which she oversees the day-to-day operations of a range of court and community-based programming and initiatives and strategic planning. Specifically, she supervises youth development programming, victim’s services, a resource center for public housing tenants, and the Red Hook Peacemaking program which uses restorative justice and the circle process for conflict mediation. Ms. Gordon has been with the Center for Court Innovation since 2008. Ms. Gordon previously worked as a case manager with adult criminal court defendants with substance abuse and mental health issues and supervised clinical services for youth with juvenile delinquency matters in family court. She also ran the New York Juvenile Justice Corps, an AmeriCorps national service program which placed served justice-involved youth throughout the city. Ms. Gordon was also a member of the planning team for the Brownsville Community Justice Center where she worked as the Director of Operations. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Gordon worked at the Juvenile Rights Project in Portland, Oregon and the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She received her B.A. from Whitman College in Washington State. When she is not working for a more just equitable world, Ms. Gordon enjoys dancing salsa and bachata and long walks on the beach with Scooby, her Jack Russell Terrier.
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