Sonya Shah has twenty years of experience in social justice education. An associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a facilitator of restorative justice processes in communities, schools, and prisons, Shah has trained hundreds of facilitators in trauma healing and a restorative modality. She currently facilitates circles for survivors of sexual harm and people who have committed sexual harm in an inaugural cohort of grantees and fellows with Justice Beginnings Collaborative called Project Ahimsa. Shah holds a BA from Brown University and an MA in film and video from the Art Institute of Chicago. She was awarded the prestigious Fulbright fellowship and Jacob K. Javits fellowship. In conjunction with her work in the restorative/criminal justice field, Shah has spoken on radio for NPR, BBC, KPFA, and KQED. Her 2004 documentary Khmer Barbee (formerly Something Between Her Hands) is distributed by the National Film Network and has screened in more than seventy film festivals, conferences, and colleges.
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