What is Transformative Justice?
We use the term transformative justice to broadly refer to any practice by which those most closely affected by a violent act (the victim, the offender, and their communities) have an opportunity to come together to understand what happened, heal wounds, and find out collectively an appropriate way of repairing the harm. The focus of the website, however, is on practices where performance, theatre, ceremony, or any other form of cultural activity is used to facilitate or to support such processes.
The contemporary understanding of transitional justice conceives it as informed by restorative justice principles and places the rights of victims (in particular truth, justice, and reparation) at the centre of the design of justice mechanisms, such as War Tribunals and Truth Commissions. However, such state-sponsored mechanisms are not the only sites where a community impacted by violence may seek justice, healing, or other forms of reparations. Cultural practices, including Indigenous rituals, memory initiatives, and socially-engaged theatre and performance, have been used over the last decades as devices to engage participants in such transformative justice encounters and processes. There is currently not a site documenting such practices. Leticia. Listening Acts contibutes to fill that gap. It focuses primarily on cases from Colombia and Canada, but is open to cases from all around the world.