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In Bid To Build Trust, New York City Adds Victims' Allies In All Precincts

The New York Times

Surviving a shooting or stabbing in a poor New York City neighborhood is often a prelude to a long battle for help.


New Federal Funding Will Increase Victim Services To Young Men Of Color

Press Release

New York, NY—Common Justice, a Vera Institute of Justice demonstration project, today announced that three Los Angeles-based groups—the Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches (LAM), Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts (L.A.U.R.A.), and The Reverence Project—were awarded new federal victim services funding to increase their capacity to reach underserved African American and Latino survivors of crime. The application for funding was submitted with the support of a collaborative effort by Common Justice, Equal Justice USA (EJUSA), and Californians for Safety and Justice, who have partnered to direct newly increased federal victim services funding to groups working with underserved victims.


The Politics Of Healing: Closing The Gap In Services For Young Men Of Color Harmed By Violence

Huffington Post

Eighteen-year-old Jamel was shot in the leg during a robbery attempt while walking down a main street in Harlem after he refused to give up his $800.00 leather coat to three armed gunmen. He had worked hard and saved for months to buy the coat, and he’d be called a punk if he went home without it, leading to further trouble. He rushed the gunman. One of them shot him in the leg, but he managed to get away as the men opened fire.


New Website Aims To Increase Victim Services For Young Men Of Color

Press Release

New York, NY—The Vera Institute of Justice today announced a first-in-kind learning collaborative for people and organizations working with young men of color who have been harmed by trauma and violence.


Black Wounds Matter

The New Yorker

I grew up around the corner from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., which housed the small but remarkable National Museum of Health and Medicine. The musty place hosted a steady rotation of surreal exhibits—conjoined twins in a jar, artifacts of early campaigns to stop sexually transmitted diseases—but the focus was the history of battlefield medicine, which meant, most of all, wartime efforts to treat gunshot casualties.


NYC Dance Performance Targets Social Injustice

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — An emotionally charged series in New York City is exploring racial and social injustice through dance, photography and public dialogue.


Op-Ed: Crime Victims Are Not Who You Think

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

I recently asked a friend to tell me the first thing that came to mind when he thought of the word victim. My friend is in higher education and works on diversity issues day in and day out. He was surprised and horrified, albeit rightfully so, when he looked at me and said with trepidation, “a white woman."


The Forgotten Victims Of Violence

The Crime Report

The grand jury decisions regarding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have awakened an essential national conversation about long-standing inequities in our legal system and the role of law enforcement in communities of color in particular.


New Issue Brief Explores Lack Of Victim Services For Young Men Of Color

Press Release

NEW YORK – As grand jury decisions regarding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner spur the national conversation about inequities in our legal system and the role of law enforcement in communities of color in particular, the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) has published a new issue brief that provides a relevant, yet largely ignored, context to the discussion by asking what happens to the young men of color who survive violence and trauma. 


Rethinking Safety, Crime, And Victimization

Ford Foundation

A generation ago, amid great fanfare, President Bill Clinton signed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The Act provided federal dollars to states that built more prisons, tightened drug law enforcement, and increased the severity and length of prison sentences.