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Speaker’s Bureau Member

EDWIN PARAGAS was born in Angeles, Philippines. At 10 years of age, Edwin and his family fled the Philippines due to the Mount Pinatubo volcano eruption and were displaced to the United States. Upon arriving to the United States, Edwin experienced immigration trauma and adverse childhood experiences which led to his gang involvement, substance use, and truancy. At 16 years of age, Edwin Paragas was sentenced to 20 years to life in an adult prison. Edwin served 24 years and was released under SB260 on November 26, 2019. While in Folsom State Prison, Edwin participated in sacred healing circles with Healing Dialogue and Action , Buddhist Prison Project, and Inner Circle. Edwin presents on healing trauma through mindful self compassion practices with individuals who were formerly incarcerated as well as their families and communities.

Presentation topics include:
-How my spiritual enlightenment became the foundational practice toward self compassion
-Healing the trauma of incarceration through self compassion