Pierre R. Berastaín

Boston
Massachusetts

Born in Lima, Perú, Pierre R. Berastaín immigrated with his family to Dallas, Texas after eleven years of socio-economic hardships.  In Dallas, his father found employment in a moving company, often working for over sixteen hours every day of the week while Pierre and his sister attended school and their mother helped the family settle.  He graduated with honors in Social Anthropology from Harvard University and is currently a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) candidate at Harvard Divinity School.  His work focuses on Christianity and the practices of restorative justice, especially as applicable to the LGBTQ community, survivors of domestic violence, and individuals involved in post-conflict processes of reconciliation in Latin America. 

He works as the Restorative Justice Advocate at Renewal House—a gender-inclusive domestic violence shelter in Boston, MA—and serves as the Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Domestic Violence Coalition.  In addition, he is a founding member of the Massachusetts Restorative Justice Task Force, and acts as the Director of Media Relations for the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition.  Pierre has spearheaded a number of projects to raise funds for underprivileged and marginalized communities in Peru, specifically for abandoned elderly and children survivors of rape.  He works with Friends of Justice, an organization committed to upholding due process in the United States, and writes for the Justice section of Turn It Up Boston, a blog sponsored by the newspaper The Bay State Banner.