Truth and Reconciliation

Maine and Burundi communities begin to heal through storytelling

Denise Altvater

Denise Altvater

Denise Altvater

Drawing from experiences in Burundi and Maine, Lucy Duncan shows how telling stories of violence and trauma in a context in which those stories will be believed, listened to, and deeply held by the community can lay the foundation for healing and for reconciliation between perpetrators and victims—and pave the way to ending harmful practices and conflicts.

Facing the Past, Changing the Future in Maine

In June, the Wabanaki tribes and the governor of Maine signed a historic mandate for a truth and reconciliation process dealing with the child welfare system. Decades after the federally sponsored Indian Adoption Project tried (and failed) to prove that native children would be better off raised by white families, the idea persisted in Maine. The trauma runs deep, but this united effort is one more step toward healing.

Report on Lessons of Truth and Reconcilation Commissions

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (July 10, 2012) - A report on an international conference on the theme: "Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Lessons learned from Truth and Reconciliation Commissions," will be released on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 9:00am at Royal Palace Hotel in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Mécanismes de Justice Transitionnelle Rapport

Télécharger la version française La justice transitionnelle: les leçons tirées des commissions de la Vérité et la Réconciliation. Ce rapport de 33 pages traite de l'impact et de la Commision de la Vérité et

Transitional Justice Mechanisms Report

Download the English version of Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Lessons Learned from Truth and Reconciliation Commissions.  This 29 page report covers the impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commision in Burundi.

Transitional Justice Mechanism: Lessons learned from Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

Lire cette introduction en français.

This report gathers observations and recommendations from the 60 participants of the international conference, Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Lessons Learned from Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, held at the Safari Gate Hotel, Bujumbura, Burundi from August 24 to August 26, 2011. The information in this report was developed during the conference by all the participants assembled.

Preparing the Way for Truth and Reconciliation in Maine

“It is the first truth and reconciliation (process) in this country that is dealing with the child welfare system in the United States.  It’s also the first truth and reconciliation between a government of the United States and a sovereign tribal nation.  And as far as we know, because we’ve done work with the Transitional Justice Center in New York City, it is also the first that‘s been developed collaboratively between two opposing parties.” ~Denise Altvater

Conversation with Denise Altvater on Truth and Reconciliation in Maine

The following are excerpts from a recent conversation with Denise Altvater, AFSC’s Wabanaki Program Coordinator in Maine.  Keith Harvey, AFSC’s regional director in New England, hosted the telephone conversation, and several friends and supporters joined the call.

 Keith: Denise, would you introduce yourself and your work?

The Haves, The Have-Nots, And The Beloved Community: Conversation Series Part 3

Denise Altvater discusses her exprience of growning up as a Wabanaki tribes member and how it effects the work she does currently.


The Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Beloved Community

Keith Harvey, AFSC Regional Director in New England, is hosting a series of community phone conversations on the theme The Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Beloved Community

We'll be talking about economic justice,the peace we work for in the world, and the peace we work for within.   Please join us!

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