Katia Ornelas

Katia OrnelasKatia Ornelas is a Mexican attorney with a Masters degree in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University (2013), and a Yoga and meditation practitioner and instructor. Katia has experience in the transformation of Mexico’s criminal justice system, and the defense of human rights and women’s rights, working since 2004 with national and international organizations. During her time at CJP she reconciled her justice-human rights work with her Yoga and meditation practice, which for a long time existed in two different worlds. The intersection between the fields of Restorative Justice and Trauma Healing and Resilience provided her with the frameworks, processes and tools to do so. In the context of Mexico’s drug-related violence she developed a model for the assistance of victims of violence—drug-related, of human rights violations, and other interpersonal forms of violence. Katia has supported the plight of several collectives of victims of forced disappearance in Mexico from a bio-psychosocial perspective. She currently is a trainer and facilitator of circle processes, trauma-informed yoga and expressive arts at the community level and in schools in the state of Guerrero—one of the most violent states in Mexico and throughout the country.

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