A World Without Violence

Cure Violence Global is guided by the understanding that violence is a health issue, that individuals and communities can transform themselves, and that community partners and strategic partnerships are keys to success. Through a rigorous, scientific, and data-driven approach, Cure Violence Global helps communities to implement to implement violence prevention programs that are effective in significantly reducing violence.

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 it can be effectively prevented and treated using health methods. To date, the health sector and health professionals have been highly underutilized for the prevention, treatment, and control of violence.

Shifting the Paradigm: Now is the time to mobilize our nation’s public health and healthcare systems and to utilize health 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.”

I'm pushing for Cure Violence because I know it works. We can't afford to try to recreate the wheel. We need something that works, the citizens deserve, the businesses deserve it, the people that work here deserve it.

Lewis ReedPresident, St. Louis Board of Aldermen

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A Few of Our Partners

CVG Staff

Cure Violence Global Staff

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

CVG Board

Dr. Susan Lynn Bissell

Senior Fellow, FXB Centre for Health & Human Rights, T.H. Chan School of Public Health of Harvard University

Dr. Susan Lynn Bissell is an accomplished manager and has dedicated her professional life to social development, human rights, and the protection of children. By combining science and evidence with action and advocacy, she is an inspiring teambuilder, working both effectively and respectfully across cultures. For a total of twenty-seven years Susan worked for UNICEF in roles that stretched from the UN HQ in NY to many years spent abroad, principally in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India, focusing primarily on child welfare, protection and life-enrichment. Most recently she was the Founding Director of the Global Partnership to end Violence Against Children, which she ran for two years.

For the six years prior to that, Susan was UNICEF’s Chief of Child Protection. In this role she provided leadership and strategic direction for UNICEF’s global Child Protection programs which spanned the organizational mandate in situations of armed conflict and natural disaster, as well as in development contexts. Among the ‘issues’ covered were children and armed conflict, justice for children, child labor, inter-country adoption, child trafficking, small arms and land mines, and violence in its broadest definition. To accomplish this Susan’s team of 35 professionals utilized a $500M budget to provide technical support to UNICEF’s more than 150 field offices.

Susan made regular media appearances including on the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, and other outlets and given numerous print interviews. She has received many awards and honors, been published over thirty times and been part to the production of four films. Susan has a PhD in Public Health and Medical Anthropology from the University of Melbourne, a Masters in Development Studies/Law from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelors in International Relations from the University of Toronto. In addition to English, she speaks French, Italian and Spanish, and now lives on New York where she serves as an independent consultant.

Oscar David

Partner, Winston Strawn

Oscar David is recognized as one of the country's top attorneys in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, corporate finance, and joint venture work. He is a co-chair of Winston and Strawn’s Consumer Products Industry Group, and was formerly chair of the firm’s M&A, Securities, and Corporate Governance practice. He serves as a trusted, strategic advisor to his clients and their C Suite executives and boards of directors and his clients include major public and privately-held businesses, family held businesses and private equity funds in technology, health care, financial services and banking, and media and entertainment. Oscar has extensive experience in transactions that range from middle market to complex, cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate finance and governance matters. His clients cross a number of industries, including technology, manufacturing, private equity, and pharmaceuticals, and include: Corning Incorporated; Motorola Solutions, Inc.; Abbott Laboratories; FreightCar America; Activision Blizzard; 4C Insights; HCI Equity Partners; CIVC Partners; Waud Capital Partners; and Loop Capital Markets LLC.

Oscar serves on the Board of Trustees of The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois. Oscar has spoken and published widely, is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and has been a guest lecturer at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. Oscar received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1987 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from George Washington University in 1984.

Dr. Eric Goosby

Biden Coronavirus Task Force Member

Dr. Eric Goosby is an internationally recognized expert on infectious diseases who has participated in program and policy development at the highest levels of government. He was the founding director of the Ryan White CARE Act in 1991 and subsequently served in the Clinton Administration to expand the program considerably. As Global AIDS Coordinator under President Barack Obama, he was responsible for implementing the President's emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Eric currently serves as the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Tuberculosis. He is an elected member of the National Academy and currently serves as Director of the UCSF Center for Implementation Sciences. He has served as a mentor to countless mentees in areas of policy and advocacy for millions of patients living with HIV and other infectious diseases. Professor, School of Medicine. He is also the Director, Center for Implementation Sciences, a University of California, San Francisco Global Health Sciences Member, and a member of the CFAR Scientific Council.

Jeremy Kaufman

Chief Executive Officer of Kaufman Jacobs

Jeremy Kaufman serves as Chief Executive Officer of Kaufman Jacobs, a leading real estate development firm that pursues capital protection and appreciation through the acquisition of undervalued commercial real estate, with emphasis on General Services Administration (GSA) leased assets and complex situations. The firm has a proud tradition of exceptional investment management over its nearly seven-decade history, and has owned and managed tens of millions of square feet of commercial real estate across each of the major asset classes. In this role Jeremy is responsible for the firm’s overall direction and leadership and also heads the firm’s investment activities, including acquisitions, transaction structuring, and investor relations.

Jeremy has more than 20 years of experience in real estate, structured finance, and project development. Since becoming KJ’s CEO in 2002, he has successfully concluded the acquisition or development of over 5 million square feet with aggregate value over $1 billion. Through judicious acquisitions, leasing, and aggressive management, he has created significant equity value for investors in Kaufman Jacobs’ real estate ventures.

Mr. Kaufman has also developed real estate and energy projects abroad, including the development and installation of a thermal power plant on the Guayas River in Ecuador, where he lived for almost two years.

Scott Lassar

Partner, Sidley Austin

Scott Lassar is senior counsel in the Chicago office of Sidley, one of the world’s leading law firms. Prior to joining the firm, Scott was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. Scott’s practice involves all aspects of white collar criminal defense, including price fixing, anti-bribery, securities fraud, insider trading, environmental crimes, tax fraud, and healthcare fraud. Scott also has conducted over 40 investigations for public and private companies.

Scott has tried over 45 cases in federal court as a prosecutor and in private practice, including trials involving price fixing, healthcare fraud, securities fraud, securities and commodity trading, accountant’s liability, trade secrets, and federal criminal violations. Scott also represents parties in intellectual property litigation. His clients are global and include Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies and on their behalf he interfaces with the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission and numerous other regulatory and governmental bodies. Scott serves on the American Bar Association/Department of Justice Dialogue Group, which meets regularly with the Attorney General on white collar crime issues, and he also serves as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, as well as being a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Scott is recognized in the 2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defense . Scott is also named as a leading lawyer in Chicago for litigation in white-collar & government investigations by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012–2017). Additionally, Scott is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2013–2019 in Bet the Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Litigation. Scott is also recognized as a Litigation Star in the United States in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of Benchmark Litigation. Scott is admitted to the Bar of the US Supreme Court as well as multiple US Courts of Appeals and District Courts in the Midwest.

Tracie McClendon-Cole

Deputy Director, Kansas City Department of Public Health

Tracie McClendon-Cole is Deputy Director of Health for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. As such, she is responsible for overseeing regulatory programs for a large, metropolitan health department; planning and coordinating department administrative activities (human resources, building maintenance and budget/fiscal); working with department managers that direct nearly 200 employees in a number of health-related professional disciplines: including public affairs, disease prevention and emergency preparedness services, environmental services, maternal-child health, community-family outreach and education. In addition, she monitors legislative activities affecting public health programs. Furthermore, she works to enhance the Department’s ability to address emerging issues impacting cultural diversity, health inequities in vulnerable communities, including; the economic impact of reduced public health funding, as well as continuing to foster violence prevention efforts and improve departmental relationships with community and civic partners.

Tracie has more than 20 years of experience brokering government relationships and activities with community residents and organizations, plus administering numerous community-involved grants through local government. Additionally, she continues her social justice practice by helping to further the mission of the evidence-based violence prevention strategies and policies. McClendon-Cole developed and founded the health department’s Aim4Peace Violence Prevention Program (the second national Cure Violence replication site), which is designed to increase the capacity of the community to handle its own disputes and empower citizens through community mobilization to peacefully resolve conflicts and increase protective measures to enhance positive health outcomes. McClendon-Cole also provides direct oversight and guidance to the KCMO Health Commission’s Violence Free KC Committee, which is a prevention collaborative endeavoring to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of Kansas Citians, including those most impacted by multiple forms of violence and trauma.

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Professor, Harvard Kennedy School and the Radcliffe Institute

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. He is the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. Before leading the Schomburg Center, Khalil was an associate professor at Indiana University.

Khalil’s scholarship examines the broad intersections of race, democracy, inequality and criminal justice in modern U.S. History. He is co-editor of “Constructing the Carceral State,” a special issue of the Journal of American History, and contributor to a National Research Council study, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences (2014), as well as the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, which won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies.

Khalil is an award-winning teacher at Harvard and has received numerous honors for his commitment to public engagement, including BPI Chicago’s Champion of the Public Interest Award (2018), The Fortune Society’s Game Changer Award (2017), Ebony Power 100 (2013), The Root 100 of Black Influencers (2012-2014), and Crain’s New York Business magazine 40 under 40 (2011).

A native of Chicago’s South Side, Khalil graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1993, and then joined Deloitte & Touche, LLP, as a staff accountant until entering graduate school. He earned his Ph.D. in U.S. History from Rutgers University.

Dan Ratner

Founder, Public Good

Dan Ratner is an entrepreneur, technologist, and writer who is passionate about using technology to make the world a better place by empowering everyone to make a difference. He’s co-founder and CEO of Public Good, the leader in connecting the news with actions people can take to make a change in the world. Dan loves explaining technical topics to nontechnical audiences and his writing has been published globally in six languages, in outlets ranging from USA Today to The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Dan is the co-author of two books on nanotechnology, a white paper on the importance of social causes to brands, two peer-reviewed papers on machine learning, and he’s flying solo on an upcoming thriller novel about Marco Polo. Dan is also an advisory board member of Cure Violence and a board member of Open Books. Previously, he was the Director of Technology at Obama for America 2012 and CTO of Sittercity, America’s first and largest service dedicated to finding quality care online.

Dr. Rima Salah

Professor, Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Rima Salah, a national of Jordan, is a faculty member at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine and holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology (SUNY-Binghamton). She is former Member of the United Nations High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations.

A former Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, U.N. Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), Dr. Salah has had a distinguished career with UNICEF. She was the Deputy Executive Director for External Relations in UNICEF (2011-12) and Deputy Executive Director (2004-07). She was also the UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa (1999-2004) and in this capacity was responsible for all UNICEF operations in that region. Dr. Salah also served as UNICEF representative in a number of countries including Vietnam, Burkina Faso as well head of office in Queta, Pakistan.

As a highly effective advocate for the rights of children and women in armed conflict and post-conflict situations, she contributed to Security Council (SC) Resolution 1612 on child rights violations and Security Council (SC) resolution 1325 Women, Peace, and Security. Dr. Salah has received many awards of distinction from several non governmental organization and U.N. Member States, including the French Legion of Honor.

Bruce Strohm

Bruce Strohm is the former Executive Vice-President and General Counsel of Equity Residential, a NYSE and S&P 500 public company, based in Chicago. EQR is one of the largest apartment companies in the United States with 80,000 apartments units, with a market capitalization in excess of $30 billion.

Frederick C. Tuomi

Mr. Tuomi served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Invitation Homes Inc, the nation’s largest single-family rental company, from 2017 until his retirement in 2019. Prior to its merger with Invitation Homes, Mr. Tuomi served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Starwood Waypoint Homes from 2016 until 2017. Prior to its merger with Starwood Waypoint Homes, he served as CoPresident and Chief Operating Officer of Colony American Homes, Inc. from 2013 until 2016. Mr. Tuomi was Executive Vice President and President—Property Management for Equity Residential, the nation’s largest multi-family REIT, from 1994 until his retirement in 2013. He led the development of Equity Residential’s property management group through years of rapid growth and expansion, while helping to pioneer its leading operational platform. Prior to Equity Residential, he was President of Residential Asset Management Group, a subsidiary of Post Properties.

Throughout Mr. Tuomi’s career, he has served on numerous real estate industry boards and executive committees, including the National Rental Home Council, National Multi-Housing Council, California Housing Council, California Apartment Association, Atlanta Apartment Association and the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. Mr. Tuomi has also served as a director and on the Audit and Compensation Committees of Tejon Ranch Co., a public diversified real estate development and agribusiness company. He currently serves as a Venture Partner with Real Estate Technology Ventures, a Director of SmartRent and serves as an advisory board member for the Neighborhood Investment Company and for Cure Violence Global, which is dedicated to reducing violence and rated number 9 in the world among non-government organizations.

Employment Opportunities

Cure Violence Global Emplyment

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”

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Cure Violence Global Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Cure Violence Global, we strive to promote human dignity, the common good, and community-led action as essential components of our health-based approach to eradicating violence around the world.

We recognize that Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), as well as queer (LGBTQ+), disabled, and otherwise marginalized communities are more likely to experience violence as a result of systemic injustice. Our work seeks to prevent violence and pave the way for social and economic rebuilding.

CVG is committed to honoring everyone’s dignity with equitable and inclusive hiring and operational practices. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applicants of all nationalities, races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic backgrounds, and mental and physical disabilities. CVG encourages applicants who bring work or lived experience in low- and middle-income communities or countries, as well as the perspectives of communities experiencing violence.

The contagious nature of violence requires collaborative efforts in its prevention and treatment. In the course of our work, CVG has learned that safety from violence is an issue worldwide, and that effectively reducing violence and transforming communities will benefit the common good. We believe that investing in health-based violence prevention is essential to reducing inequity.

One of the key tenets of our model is that the people within communities most directly impacted by violence are the ones best suited to address it. Community-led action means that we understand our position as supportive agents of violence reduction and that we act in solidarity with credible messengers to share our public health approach, resources, and implementation strategies with local organizations who can mobilize to stop violence.

Consistent with our policies, procedures, protocol, and handbooks, Cure Violence Global views diversity, equity, and inclusion as critical components of CVG’s mission to reduce violence globally using disease control and behavior change methods. We envision a world in which equitable, health-based methods are at the center of violence prevention everywhere around the world.

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