LA Gang Conference:

Latest innovations and evidence in violence prevention

May 3, 2018

What does it take for violence prevention programming to effect change in vulnerable communities? Creative Associates International’s violence prevention and citizen security experts are convening with others in the field for the annual Gang Prevention and Intervention Conference in Los Angeles, May 7-8. There, they’ll share the latest insights from Creative’s innovative work around the world, including family counseling for high-risk youth in Honduras, gang-related electoral violence in El Salvador and juvenile justice reform.

The week culminates with a Los Angeles study tour for elected officials and policymakers from El Salvador, who will learn from the experiences and best practices of L.A. government officials, law enforcement and civil society actors working to stem violence.

Check back here for updates from L.A. throughout the week.

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A Los Angeles study tour gave leaders and practitioners from El Salvador insight into the city’s violence prevention initiatives.

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Experts at the Los Angeles Gang Conference said the practitioners must stay true to the principles that drive violence prevention work, but also need to evolve the way they approach challenges and solutions, from Oakland to San Salvador.

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In this Q&A, Creative Senior Associate Georgina McDowell gives her insights into juvenile justice and violence prevention among high-risk youth in Honduras.

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Gang violence in El Salvador not only threatens safety, it can also affect citizens’ ability to cast their votes in elections, explains Creative’s Jeff Fischer in this Q&A.

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