Miriam Sammartino

Miriam Sammartino

Director for the Office of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns for the Diocese of Sacramento

Miriam Sammartino is the Director for the Office of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns for the Diocese of Sacramento, and serves as the Restorative Justice Director for the Diocese. Prior to this role, she served as Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Yolo-Solano. She has a BS degree in Microbiology from UC Davis and a JD from John F. Kennedy University, College of Law. As an attorney, she focused on immigration defense and provided pro-bono services to victims of crime. She serves on the board for Radio Santisimo Sacramento.

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10:30 am - 12:00 pm
HALL A | St. Mary's Cathedral - Event Center

Restorative Justice Mission of the Catholic Church in California

PANEL MODERATORS:
Miriam Sammartino, Esq.
Director for the Office of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns for the Diocese of Sacramento

Deacon John Storm
Director, Catholic Restorative Justice Ministries, Diocese of Santa Rosa


∎ PANELISTS:

Linda Warner
Director for Social Justice & Environmental Stewardship
Fred LaPuzza
Director of the Office of Restorative Justice, for the Diocese of Orange
Gonzalo DeVivero
Director, Office of Restorative Justice,  Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Deacon Fidel Carrillo
Director, Office of Restorative Justice, Diocese of Stockton
Bobby Ehnow, PhD
Director of the Office for Life, Peace and Justice at the Diocese of San Diego
Michael Shirley
Director for Life, Justice, and Peace in the Diocese of San Jose
Kiona Medina
Coordinator, For Life and Justice Ministries, Oakland Diocese
Julio Escobar
Archdiocese of San Francisco Restorative Justice Coordinator


 ∎ PANEL DESCRIPTION:

The Catholic Church Restorative Justice Ministries in California envision a society healed from divisiveness and fear that responds to crime and violence with restoration and healing so that every person can experience a dignified and plentiful life. This bold mission requires all people of goodwill to advocate for justice, bring awareness to the realities of crime and violence, and support those who have caused harm and those who have been harmed. For than 20 years, the Restorative Justice Directors of the Catholic dioceses throughout California have set forth a unique state-wide collaborative model to provide direct services, awareness and advocacy for restorative justice and restorative practices. This panel will discuss the role of Restorative Justice Ministries today to live out this mission of the Church, and how their community- focused collaborative model gives hope for the future.