A World Without Violence

Cure Violence is guided by clear understandings that violence is a health issue, that individuals and communities can change for the better, that community partners and strategic partnerships are keys to success, and that rigorous, scientific, professional ways of working are essential for effectiveness.

Our Mission: To reduce violence globally using disease control and behavior change methods.

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Our Vision

Violence behaves like a contagious problem. It is transmitted through exposure, acquired through contagious brain mechanisms and social processes, and can be effectively treated and prevented using health methods. To date, the health sector and health professionals have been highly underutilized for the prevention, treatment, and control of violence. Now is the time to mobilize our nation’s healthcare and public health systems and methods to work with communities and other sectors to stop this epidemic.

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Cure Violence History

Cure Violence was founded by Gary Slutkin, M.D., former head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Intervention Development Unit. Cure Violence launched in West Garfield Park, one of the most violent communities in Chicago, and was quick to produce results, reducing shootings by 67% in its first year.

From 2000-2008, Cure Violence focused its activities in the United States, quickly expanding to Baltimore, New York, New Orleans, Oakland, Loiza, Puerto Rico and other sites.

In 2008, Cure Violence began its first international adaptation and replication of the methodology in Basra and Sadr City, Iraq.  Since then, international programs have been added in Canada (Halifax and Alberta), Colombia (Cali), El Salvador (San Salvador and San Pedro Mazawal), Honduras (San Pedro Sula), Jamaica (St. Catherine North and St. James), Kenya (Nairobi and Rift valley), Mexico (Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City), South Africa (Hanover Park), Syria (western and northern), Trinidad & Tobago (Port of Spain) and United Kingdom (London).  Cure Violence has also provided training in violence prevention techniques to representatives from dozens of other countries.

Several Cure Violence program sites have been externally evaluated, demonstrating strong results in multiple sites.  In June 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. referenced Cure Violence as  a “rational, data-driven, evidence-based, and smart approach to crime.” The Economist termed the Cure Violence method “the approach that will come to prominence.”

This will be an extremely valuable addition to our city and [I] expect it to have a marked impact on reducing crime.

Mayor Lenny CurryJacksonville, FL

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A Few of Our Partners

Cure Violence Global Staff

Dr. Gary Slutkin

CEO, Founder

Gary Slutkin is a physician and epidemiologist who has led efforts to combat epidemics of tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS, worked in over 25 countries in east and central Africa, Latin America and Asia, consulted on SARS and Ebola, was the Director of Intervention for the World Health Organization and is currently tracking and advising governments on COVID19. Dr. Slutkin is also known for innovating with the epidemic control approach and leads the #9 NGO in the world, Cure Violence Global.

Jarmain “Juice” Merritt

Program Coordinator

Jarmain trains a broad range of people, from those with life experiences similar to his own to those who have no firsthand experience with violence. Jarmain and others on the Cure Violence team conduct assessments, go to high violence areas, and make recommendations on what can be done to stop the spread of violence. Jarmain has led programs and taught classes across the United States, training more than one hundred Program Managers, Directors, Outreach Workers, Community-Based Organizations and Violence Interrupters. The scope of his work is currently expanding internationally, with projects underway in Trinidad and Tobago.

R. Brent Decker

Chief Program Officer

Brent Decker, MPH, MSW, is the Chief Program Officer at Cure Violence. Mr. Decker is responsible for overseeing all local, national, and international program implementation, oversight and curation of training for the entire Cure Violence ecosystem, and collaboratively setting and steering the strategic direction of the organization. Before joining Cure Violence, Mr. Decker worked on a number of social justice and community health projects in Latin America.

Frankie Sanchez

Program Coordinator

Frankie Sanchez is an international trainer at Cure Violence Global, responsible for building and guiding programs throughout Latin America including in Mexico, Honduras Argentina, and El Salvador and in partnership with organization such as Save The Children, USAID, the World Bank and multiple other international organizations.

Guadalupe Cruz

Director, Latin America Programs

Guadalupe Cruz is the Director of Training for Latin and Central America. She has been a key member of the Cure Violence team since 2009. She started as a CeaseFire Violence Interrupter. In 2011, she was promoted to supervisor of all Latino Violence Interrupters in Chicago. In March 2014, her role expanded to incorporate training responsibilities in Latin and Central America. She is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Cure Violence model in South Africa, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Canada. In this capacity, she provides training and technical support to all the local partner organizations implementing the Cure Violence model in these countries.

Nicole Vaughn

Program Coordinator

Kenyatta "Nicole" Vaughn is a Program Coordinator for Cure Violence and is responsible for helping cities to implement the Cure Violence approach. She is the former Director of the Cure Violence site in Englewood, and is a longtime community leader in the Englewood community in Chicago, including co-founding the non-profit We R Englewood and restoring the historic Englewood Back to School Parade. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from DePaul University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Demeatreas Whatley

Program Coordinator

Demeatreas works with the CVG Program Team to help cities around the US to implement the Cure Violence approach. Mr. Whatley was formerly the Director of the Cure Violence site at the Grand Crossing community in Chicago, where for three years he led a team of 11 violence interrupters and four outreach workers that significantly reduced violence in their community. Previous to that, Mr. Whatley was a violence interrupter for Cure Violence for nine years, mediating more than 100 conflicts and saving dozens of lives. Mr. Whatley is currently enrolled in school and plans to earn a doctorate in public health.

Alex Schleider

Alex Schleider

Finance Director

Alexandre grew up in Paris and earned the French equivalent to a U.S. CPA in 1995 from ICS-BEGUE of Paris. After working for 2 years in a family-owned accounting firm, Alex joined a large International French Company, Groupe Roullier, which relocated him to the USA in April 2001, and then at Regis Corporation on their International Finance team. In 2007, Alex started with the International Finance division of the Boeing Company, in their Chicago headquarters, where he spent 10 years.

Daria Zvetina, M.Ed

Chief of Staff

Daria Zvetina, M.Ed., joined Cure Violence in 2015 and presently serves as Chief of Staff. In this capacity, she is responsible for facilitating Cure Violence's transition to its recently established independent, non-governmental organization, Cure Violence Global, including overseeing selected organizational day-to-day operational functionalities, process development, and creation and/or implementation of new organizational policies and procedures. She serves as a strategic advisor and counsel to Cure Violence Global's CEO and executive leadership, builds and maintains cross-departmental relationships to enable leadership success, and oversees office management, human resources, research and evaluation, and science and policy departments. Prior to assuming this role, Daria was Cure Violence's Director of Strategy and Grants.

Charlie Ransford

Director of Science and Policy

Charlie Ransford is the Director of Science and Policy and interim Director of Communications, and is responsible for all communications, public relations, policy, writing on the theoretical basis for the Cure Violence Health Approach, and building and leading a national effort to create a health sector framework around violence prevention.

Karen Volker

Executive Vice President

Karen Volker is the Executive Vice President and reports directly to the CEO. As EVP, she oversees all of the day-to-day activities of the organization. Ms. Volker works closely with the CEO and the Board on strategy development and is responsible for Board stewardship. She is also the primary point of contact for developing strategic partnerships and pursuing opportunities to expand the Cure Violence Global approach to types of violence beyond community violence as well as to other social, cultural, and geographic contexts. Since joining CVG in 2012, Ms. Volker has been instrumental in designing and overseeing implementation of adaptations of the Cure Violence approach in the Middle East and North Africa and in developing strategic partnerships with other international non-profit organizations, multilateral donors, and funding partners.
Prior to joining Cure Violence, Ms. Volker spent 26 years at the U.S. Department of State as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. For over half of her career, she oversaw the implementation of U.S. foreign assistance programming in a variety of regions undergoing transition, including Central & Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, and the Middle East. She also spent 6 years focused on countering violent extremism. She has devoted her professional life to promoting pluralism, defending human rights, and preventing violence. Ms. Volker often represents CVG at national and international events and meetings.

Lourdes Henriquez, Program Coordinator
Danielle Russell, Executive Assistant and Office Manager
Susan Westbrook, Accounting Manager
Takisha Keys, Manager of Human Resources
Robert Shipp, Program Coordinator
Mohammed Alshurafa, MENA Program Officer
Joaquin Tankey, Program Coordinator
Charles Elliot, Senior Research Associate
Jeryl Levin, Director of Development
Cassandra Paschall, Research Assistant
Allison Frank, Research Assistant

Employment Opportunities

Cure Violence is currently accepting applicants for internships.  For more information and to submit your resume, please send an email to cure@cvg.org with the subject line: “Cure Violence Internship 2021”

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