Indigenous Peoples and Transitional Justice peacebuilder, Mindano, Philippines
Jeremy Simons has been a peace builder in Mindanao, Philippines since 2008, where he focuses on Indigenous Peoples peacemaking and Transitional justice. Prior to that he was a community oganizer and restorative justice mediator in inner city Denver where he helped started a community court and brought RJ into the Denver public schools. The RJ model he developed is now being used in all the middle and high schools in the city and was integrated into the district’s disciplinary policy. He earned a bachelors degree (summa cum laude) in Asian Development from Gordon College, and Masters in Conflict Transformation at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. He is married with 3 children and was born and raised in the Philippines. He enjoys reading and running, though not at the same time. An occasional journalist, he has been published in the Denver Post as a Colorado Voices columnist and in the Mindanews news and information service; he blogs at Immersion Journal.
(Updated March 2011)