Evaluating the Los Angeles Initiative to Address Violent Extemism

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Los Angeles is taking on the major challenge of how to move persons off of pathways leading to violent extremism. Local law enforcement and community partners in Los Angeles, with coordination and support from federal agencies, have been working together to develop community solutions to address this challenge. The “Los Angeles Framework for Countering Violent Extremism,” was developed by the Los Angeles Interagency Coordination Group (ICG) with community input and presented at the White House in February 2015. It emphasizes the key roles of community engagement, partnership, and community driven local programs in addressing the problems of violent extremism amongst a large and diverse population.

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) awarded the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Department of Psychiatry and the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters a grant to evaluate the Los Angeles (LA) program. Public health professionals from UIC and UCLA will conduct this independent and external evaluation. The purpose of this evaluation is to help Los Angeles understand, plan, and assess its programs to address violent extremism. The evaluation team is working with the Los Angeles Interagency Coordination Group and community stakeholders. 

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