Sujatha Baliga is the Director of the Restorative Justice Project, and the Associate Director of the National Council on Crime & Delinquency. Her main area of focus is restorative justice and principles, in regards to the juvenile justice systems. Prior to this position, she was Director of The Paragate Project, a project geared towards exploring the act of forgiveness inside correctional facilities, and to the public. In 2008, she was awarded the Soros Justice Fellowship, where she worked at Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth. Ms. Sujatha has also taught restorative justice at various institutions, and is a guest lecturer at conferences and academic institutions.
Ms. Baliga has received several awards for her extraordinary work in restorative justice, including being honored as Northeastern University Law School’s Daynard Fellow.
In the words of the HLS community members who nominated her, “She has made restorative justice a national conversation and sought healing, rather than punishment, in our legal system.”
Ms. Baliga earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges. Post-graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Martha Vazquez of the United States District Court of New Mexico and the Honorable William K. Session III at the United States District of Vermont.