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Jul 22

From Incarceration to Social Worker, meet Alex Anderson, the Executive Director of Ritual4Return and a Healing Artist

July 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT

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We are thrilled to host Alex Anderson, Executive Director of Ritual4Return, on our Transformative Justice series, Healing Harm.

Ritual4Return (R4R) is a 12-week program that guides formerly incarcerated men and women through the process of creating and performing a rite of passage. The process helps participants as they transition from incarceration to freedom. It is a demanding journey. It pushes people intellectually, physically, emotionally, and spiritually as they define and then cross the thresholds that mark the transition from old patterns, behaviors, and identities into the new life they seek to manifest.

Having been through 3 rounds of incarceration himself starting at the age of 15, Alex Anderson has lived experience of the system and the stigma that imprisonment leaves on people.

Alex will walk us through his personal transformation; getting his undergrad while incarcerated, studying for his Masters’s degree to become a licensed social worker and his journey to becoming a healing artist through Ritual4Return.

The work that Alex provides through Ritual4Return is incredible and makes ripples through entire communities.
For a brief introduction to their work you can view a one minute clip of a female graduate and participant, Lisette’s journey: https://sites.google.com/view/ritual-4-return/about?authuser=0

You can hear Alex himself speak about their programming here:

We are honored to host Alex; please invite your loved ones to join in on this conversation and witness these stories.


More about Alex: Alexander Anderson experienced a moment of clarity during his incarceration. In 1981, he decided that to improve himself he needed to better his education. Alex obtained a high school diploma and later a BA degree from Syracuse University while incarcerated in Auburn Correctional Facility, a New York state prison. After his release, he decided that the best way to make restitution was by living a productive life and assisting others. He obtained a master’s degree in social work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, a CASAC certificate, and later a Restorative Justice certification. In 2009, he joined Ritual4Return as a participant to heal from the trauma and stigma he experienced before, during, and after incarceration. Later, he became the Executive Director to help create a safe and creative space for anyone seeking a transformative life after incarceration. 


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July 22
9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT
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