Alba Contreras was born in South Central, Los Angeles, where she lived most of her life and teenage years before moving to the Central Valley. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology with an emphasis in Victimology from Fresno State University and is currently working on her MSW. Throughout her career she has worked with both adults and minors that have been impacted by the criminal justice system and is now happy to be a part of The Ahimsa Collective. Having her family affected by the criminal justice system has made her passionate about restorative justice. Alba believes that this work can be transformative and healing for anyone who is willing to do the work. She is hopeful that there can be positive change if we all work together and continue to work through our trauma and into our healing journey.