Barbie Fischer is currently the Executive Director of Restorative Encounters a non-profit association of restorative justice professionals and organizations offering resources and training in restorative practices; specializing in equipping and assisting people to work through conflict within churches, the criminal justice system, families, and/or school systems.
Barbie is currently focused on program development and training. Currently she working to expand restorative re-entry for incarcerated people throughout the United States. She is also working with a group of men at SCI-Graterford who run two 10 week restorative justice programs and a two day mini program for parole violators. Barbie is focused on expanding that program to other state and county correctional institutions. In addition, Barbie is spear heading restorative justice initiative for veterans. Including facilitating training for communities and churches interested in how restorative justice can help them support veterans in their communities. Finally, she is a leader in the adaptation of Family Group Conferencing for use in Child Welfare in the state of Pennsylvania.
She has assisted in organizational development where her creativity has led to the development of innovative and strategic programming for various non-profits, private companies, and government agencies. She is experienced in program management, risk management, conflict coaching, and training development.
Barbie is truly passionate about restorative justice and working with at risk youth. Her work state side focuses on support for veterans and their families, along with incarcerated people, victims, and their families during the release process. She has also coordinated and facilitated Family Group Conferences for at risk youth through A Second Chance, Inc. and as an independent contractor. In addition, she has also developed reintegration programs for former child soldiers that have been utilized in northern Uganda and are currently being rewritten for use in Sri Lanka. To add to this work she is an experienced advocate for many social justice issues.