Dr. Sepeda is a Latina and Native Roots of the Kickapoo Nation and a child/adult survivor of family & stranger sexual violence, strangulation, stalking, gangs, substance abuse, and homelessness. Despite the high risks of lethal violence and becoming a teen mom, she is resilient! Since 1999, Eloise has used her personal & professional survivor leader experiences to guide her work and advocacy.
As a national SME Restorative-Transformative Justice Practitioner, she believes in decolonizing restorative practices and centering the voices of people who are marginalized and disproportionately overrepresented in carceral systems of oppression, modern-day colonization of family surveillance, and separation. She uses her unique expertise at the intersections of Violence & Abuse, Child Welfare & multi-systems to advance racial equity, and human-centered engagement to promote overall safety, justice, family preservation, healing, and well-being for every person impacted and/or who caused harm seeking to make wrongs right.
She has coauthored RJ curricula with the University of Texas Austin & Texas State University and specialized training for Educators, Law Enforcement, Crisis Services, and Physical/Mental Health providers.