Kainee Aguilar is an educator and restorative justice facilitator from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is passionate about serving others during times of crisis, conflict and difficulty, and strives to provide individuals and communities with the support, tools and guidance to define and reach their aspirations.
Kainee currently works as a Restorative Justice Facilitator at the Manukau Urban Maori Authority in Mangere (Auckland), where she manages cases and works with the South Auckland community through victim-offender conferencing processes. At work, Kainee is in a constant process of learning about the ways in which te reo me nga tikanga Maori inform productive and healthy restorative processes.
Prior to moving to Aotearoa New Zealand, Kainee earned a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Ethnic Studies from Columbia University in New York City. While in university, Kainee took on short-term research and direct service projects with various public service organisations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Correctional Association of New York, and the Bronx Defenders. Kainee also volunteered as a Sexual Health and Pre-test HIV Counsellor through the university health service, and worked as a Peer Educator and Responder through the university’s Rape Crisis and Anti-Violence Support Centre.
In her spare time, Kainee enjoys doing yoga, drawing, reading, spending time outside and cooking for friends and neighbours. Kainee is also a high school and university preparation tutor, and she specialises in teaching mathematics.