FRI. DEC 18, 8PM | Interrupting Conflict to Cure the Contagion of Violence
A conversation with Impact Hub DC following the 8:00PM performance, featuring
Karen Volker (Director of Strategic & International Partnerships, Cure Violence)
Jalon Arthur (Director, Innovation & Development, Cure Violence).
Moderated by Mosaic Theater Board Member Stephen Stern.
Jalon Arthur is the Director of Innovation & Development. In this role, he explores innovative opportunities to apply a health approach model to other forms of violence. Prior to this role, Mr. Arthur supported Cure Violence’s national and international replications (South Africa, New York, New Orleans, Puerto Rico, etc.). As a native Chicagoan who formerly engaged in violence, he has dedicated much of his time to reducing violence in Chicago, considering this work a “divine calling.”
Karen Volker is the Director for Strategic and International Partnerships. In this role, she is instrumental in building out Cure Violence’s Latin America and Middle East programs, including Cure Violence’s newest programs in Syria and El Salvador. She came to Cure Violence in January 2012 after a 25-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service.
ABOUT CURE VIOLENCE
Violence spreads like a disease. That means prevention is possible. Using the same science-based tools used to fight infectious diseases including tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS, Cure Violence is reducing community violence in cities around the world. It trains and deploys carefully selected workers – trusted members of the communities we serve – to stop the violence using a three-point strategy: 1. Detect and interrupt its transmission. Anticipate where violence may occur and intervene before it erupts. 2. Change the behavior of the highest potential transmitters. Identify those at highest risk for violence and work to change their behavior. 3. Change community norms. Influence social norms to discourage the use of violence. The approach has been repeatedly tested and externally validated, with each evaluation showing large, statistically significant reductions in gun violence. Studies by Northwestern Johns Hopkins Universities show between 41 and 73 percent reductions in shootings in Cure Violence neighborhoods in Chicago, and a 34% reduction in shootings with a 56% decrease in killings in Safe Streets communities in Baltimore. An evaluation by the Center for Court Innovations shows that a Cure Violence area in Brooklyn went one full year without a killing and experienced 20 percent fewer shootings compared to the trend in the neighboring communities.
Ranked 17th in the Top 500 NGOs by Global_Geneva and featured in the award-winning documentary The Interrupters, as well as Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s New York Times Best-Seller A Path Appears, Cure Violence is developing an international movement to reduce violence using health strategies. The program was founded at University of Illinois-Chicago in 1995 by Gary Slutkin, M.D. and has partners in eight countries on four continents, including over 50 neighborhoods in 25 U.S. cities. Learn more at CureViolence.org.