Victor Jose Santana is an international restorative justice practitioner, facilitator, trainer, mentor and leader. Victor Jose has worked with local, national and international organizations that serve young people and families exposed to violence and poverty. During the last twelve years Victor Jose has been collaborating, consulting and developing networks focused on youth development, racial equity, trauma neurology and the peacemaking circle process. Victor Jose has a bachelor’s in science communication and a music minor degree from Salem State University. He currently holds a Master of Arts degree with a specialization in Restorative Justice through Youth Leadership Development & Trauma Awareness from Lesley University. Victor Jose has been trained in the peacemaking circle process by Mark Wedge, Elder/Leader from the Tagish Tlingit Nation; Judge Barry Stuart, First Chief Judge of the Yukon Territory; Kay Pranis, former Restorative Justice Planner for the Minnesota Department of Corrections (author of Empathy Development in Youth through Restorative Practices).
Additionally, Victor Jose has a background in curricula development, public policy and works with an international indigenous women’s network bringing people together through cultural revitalization and social justice movements globally. Prior to his position at Trinity Boston Foundation Victor Jose was the Director of the Defending Childhood Initiative a program of the Boston Public Health Commission within the Division of Violence Prevention. During his time at the commission he collaboratively developed, wrote, designed and implemented trainings for the City of Boston for any one working with children exposed to trauma and violence. Through his leadership and community partnership he and his team were able to train approximately 5,000 youth workers in the city. Victor Jose is passionate about collective leadership and enjoys innovative ways of communicating, building trust and educating.