Cure Violence Global

Let's Make the Cure Contagious!

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In the few short years since its launch in Chicago in 2000, Cure Violence has transformed approaches to violence prevention in cities around the world. The key to the organization’s success and scalability is its theory that violence shares the same trajectory as infectious diseases. Following this logic, Cure Violence applies a public health strategy to violence prevention. The organization stops violence transmission at the source by interrupting conflict, identifying high-risk behaviors, and altering norms so that fewer people become infected by violence in the first place. In practical terms, Cure Violence achieves this goal by applying an innovative model developed over five years at the University of Illinois at Chicago by its founder, epidemiologist Gary Slutkin. The organization identifies those most at risk and “treats” this core group using a staff of highly trained violence interrupters drawn from the communities most affected by violence. These interrupters, among them former perpetrators of violence such as local gang members, disrupt conflicts before they break out and educate their communities about the consequences of violent behavior.

By reframing the problem of violence and using evidence-based methods to solve it, Cure Violence has achieved proven results, with a 16-34% reduction in shootings directly attributed to its programs. Today, Cure Violence interrupters intervene directly in a dozen countries and have provided training to representatives of many others. The organization’s approach continues to gain traction in many hotbeds of violence. Though it started as an academic project, Cure Violence exemplifies the true benefits of the nonprofit model. The organization is not only interested in efficiency and impact. It is also raising an important question: what other category of institution – governments or for-profit organizations, for instance – could do a better job?

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General

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Organization Name
Cure Violence Global
Formerly Known As
Cure Violence
Brand
Cure Violence Global
Tagline
Let's Make the Cure Contagious!
English-Language Website URL
Other-Language Website URLs

https://cvg.org/espanol/

Type of organization
nonprofit, network, social_enterprise,
Year Founded
1995
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HQ Location: City, Country
Chicago, IL | USA
HQ Physical address
227 West Monroe Street
Suite 1025
Chicago, IL 60606
USA
HQ Mailing Address
Cure Violence Global
227 West Monroe Street
Suite 1025
Chicago, IL 60606
USA
Name of Official Representative for Profile
Charlie Ransford
Senior Director of Science and Policy
cransford@cvg.org
+1 616-329-5532
Primary Contact and General Inquiries
Gary Slutkin, M.D.
Founder/CEO
gslutkin@cvg.org+1-312-724-8417
Is Your Organisation Membership-based ?
No
Total Members
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History

Cure Violence Global was founded in 1995 by Dr. Gary Slutkin, MD, former head of the World Health Organization‘s (WHO) Intervention Development Unit. Upon Dr. Slutkin’s return to the U.S., he became concerned about the epidemic of gun violence in Chicago. Observing the ways in which gun shootings and homicides clustered and spread in communities, he became convinced that the issue of violence is fundamentally misdiagnosed and developed an epidemiological approach to arrest and prevent it.

This approach is grounded in an understanding that violence follows a contagious process and can therefore be prevented using disease control and behavior change methods. The Cure Violence model focuses on: 1) violence detection and interruption; 2) behavior change among the highest risk; 3) social norm change.

The first Cure Violence program was 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 regionally, expanding to 18 communities in Chicago and an additional 9 cities in the state of Illinois. In 2009, an evaluation of the Chicago program was published finding reductions in shootings and killings of 41% to 73% with 100% reduction in retaliation killings in several communities.

Starting in 2008, Cure Violence Global began working with partners in new regions in the United States to quickly expand to several new cities, including Baltimore, New York, New Orleans, Kansas City, and other sites. Several additional evaluations have been conducted on these replication sites, including in New York City (63% reduction I shootings, norm change), Baltimore (56% reduction in killings, norm change), Philadelphia (30% reduction in shootings), and others. Cure Violence Global also developed a hospital-based component and provides trainings to communities that implement this aspect of the approach. Currently, Cure Violence Global is working in close partnership with organizations in more than 60 communities across 16 US cities to implement the approach, with more than 10 additional cities implementing approaches inspired by the Cure Violence model.

Also in 2008, Cure Violence Global began its first international adaptation and replication of the methodology in Basra and Sadr City, Iraq. Since then, international programs have been implemented in Argentina (Rosario, Santa Fe), Canada (Halifax and Alberta), Colombia (Cali), El Salvador (San Salvador, San Pedro Mazawal), Guatemala (Guatemala City), Honduras (San Pedro Sula), Jamaica (St. Catherine North, St. James), Lebanon (training for Syria work), Kenya (Nairobi, Rift valley), Mexico (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua City, Culiacan), Morocco, Nigeria (in-country training), South Africa (Hanover Park), Syria (western and northern), Trinidad & Tobago (Port of Spain), United Kingdom (London) and the West Bank. Cure Violence has also provided training in violence prevention techniques to representatives of governments, NGOs and communities from dozens of other countries.  These adaptations that address violence in other countries and cultures such as sectarian and tribal violence and other settings such as schools, refugee camps, conflict zones, juvenile detention facilities and prisons demonstrate that the approach can be successfully adapted. Today, the Cure Violence approach is being implemented in more than 40 cities, across 12 countries and five continents.

The model has undergone 11 independent evaluations to date, all of which have reported statistically significant reductions in violence. A John Jay College of Criminal Justice evaluation of two New York City neighborhoods operating Cure Violence programs from 2014 to 2016 found steeper declines in acts of gun violence and increases in the expression of pro-social norms compared with similar neighborhoods not operating Cure Violence programs. The study found reductions across all measures, including a 63% reduction in shootings in one community, a 50% reduction in gunshot wounds in the other, less support for the use of violence, and greater confidence in police. A recent evaluation of the Cure Violence program in Port of Spain, Trinidad found substantial and significant reductions in violence due to the program.  The program site in Trinidad had a 45% reduction in violent crime and 23% reduction in calls to police.

In 2019, Cure Violence Global announced the formation of a new, independent NGO. Previously, the work of Cure Violence Global was based out of an NGO at the University of Illinois at Chicago school of Public Health and focused on development of the approach and replication of the model to new cities. With the new NGO, Cure Violence Global will shift more towards leveraging partnerships with other organizations to more efficiently spread the approach, as well as adding several new adaptations and platforms that can enable a larger impact in 2020-21, including:

1) Hate inspired violence – Building teams and outreach networks to reduce hate inspired violence around the world, including violence against immigrants (US, EU), antisemitism, islamophobia, violence against other minorities (e.g. Kurds), and gender/sexual orientation-based violence.

2) Potential violence related to protests – Developing new protocols and models and in discussions about possible trainings to ensure that violence does not erupt on either side by adding a violence interruption lens and through existing frameworks around mediation. This is being applied in areas in the United States, East Asia (e.g. Hong Kong), Latin America, and the Middle East.

3) Conflict zones – Working in partnership with the Harvard Negotiation Project, Carter Center, and multiple former and existing diplomats to apply a public health approach to conflict zones, working both directly in the community and indirectly through emissaries. This approach recognizes the importance of stopping violence as the primary goal, with political solutions allowed to run their course. For example, Cure Violence Global trained 43 people representing all of 3 regions of Syria, who then trained 600 people in violence interruption. In the first year of this work, there were 111 potential violent events across three geographic areas in the country, of which 93 (83.8%) were mediated successfully. 62% of the conflict were moderate of high risk of violent retaliation. This included persons living within villages, as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs). This is the first time there has been documented mediations in a serious conflict zone. Beliefs about violence were also shown to change. Work on higher level interruption, including with/between governments themselves, is being piloted with this diplomat and former diplomat network.

4) Violence against women and children – Cure Violence Global team has a specialist trained in methods of protecting women in situations of abuse or abduction. This work of protecting women and children is being piloted in Honduras and Mexico with some elements possibly applicable to the Middle East.

5) Regional level planning – Cure Violence Global is working in partnership with Inter-American Development Bank and others to develop a region plan to find ways to more rapidly and efficiently scale to regional level outcomes in Latin America and the Caribbean. This region has the highest rates of violence in the world

6) Movement to reframe Violence as a Health Issue and change the way its being managed through new systems – Cure Violence Global is co-leading a coalition of over 700 leaders from health and other related sectors drawn from over 50 cities and over 150 national organizations committed to changing perceptions, creating comprehensive systems change and promoting policies to support and sustain the work that is saving and improving lives by preventing violence of all forms. The Movement towards Violence as a Health Issue is co-chaired by Dr. Alfred Sommer, Dean Emeritus of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. David Satcher, former U. S. Surgeon General and Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehead School of Medicine, and Dr. Gary Slutkin and Cure Violence Global staff are facilitating its work.

The Economist termed the Cure Violence method “the approach that will come to prominence.” In the past 19 years, application of the model has expanded from addressing community violence in some of the most dangerous cities and neighborhoods in the United States to adaptations that address violence in other countries and cultures such as sectarian and tribal violence and other settings such as schools, refugee camps, conflict zones, juvenile detention facilities and prisons. In 2012, the Cure Violence approach in Chicago was profiled in an award winning documentary called The Interrupters. The Cure Violence approach is actively promoted in the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Governors’ Association (US), National Institute of Justice (US), and others. Dr. Slutkin is a Global Ashoka Fellow and senior advisor to the WHO.

Please Briefly Describe Your Economic Model.
Cure Violence Global is a guiding and training organization that advances a public health approach to reducing violence through intensive training and technical assistance in its epidemiologically-based model, public education, and movement-building efforts. It works very closely with countries, cities and community-based organizations to leverage funding to implement its public health approach. Most of the funding leveraged goes directly to the community-based organizations that implement program sites, to support the work on the ground, with a much smaller portion of funding directed to Cure Violence Global to provide training and technical assistance. This funding model is intentionally structured to maximize impact by: 1) ensuring local buy-in, ownership, accountability, and credibility, 2) increasing the speed and efficiency of program roll out and implementation, and 3) increasing local capacity for sustainability, all of which are essential to effective epidemic control.

Cure Violence Global and its national and international network of partners derive revenues from a diversity of sources including government budget allocations and grants (federal, state and local); international, national, and regional foundations; hospitals and health systems; and private philanthropic contributions. Throughout this application, the financial and human resource information provided reflects both resources CVG directly controls and those leveraged through its broad network of partners to implement the Cure Violence approach.
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Activity

Sectors of Activity
Health, Children & Youth, Anti-violence, Community Building, Peacebuilding,
Mission

Cure Violence Global envisions a world without violence. Our mission is to reduce violence globally using disease control and behavior change methods.

Cure Violence Global represents a unique, interdisciplinary health approach to violence prevention. We believe that the problem of violence is solvable, like other epidemics, when we understand that violence behaves like an infectious disease and, therefore, treat it using disease control methods. Our approach to stopping shootings, killings and other violent events includes detecting and interrupting the “transmission” of these potentially lethal events; identifying and changing the infectivity (i.e., the thinking and behavior) of the highest potential transmitters (i.e., those involved in or most likely to be involved in violence); and changing community, city and region-wide norms and social expectations so that violence is no longer used in response to differing or conflicting views or interests.

Country (or countries) where active
CV activities include contractual and noncontractual work. We have direct contractual relationships for model implementation/adaptation in Belize, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. Non-contractual activities in West Bank, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Greece, France, Syria and others. Additional trainings and recent activity with countries throughout Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Date of Publication of Latest Annual Report or Activity Report
12/05/2018
Latest Annual Report PDF
Current Strategic Plan
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Alliances, Networks, and Affiliations
Contact Information for Press Inquiries
Charlie Ransford
cransford@cvg.org
+1 616-329-5532
Contact Information for Fundraising Inquiries
Brian Abrahams
babrahams@cvg.org
+1 312-761-2558
Contact Information for Development and Partnership Inquiries
Karen Volker
kvolker@cvg.org
+1 202-957-9554
Contact Information for Inquiries from Private Sector
Daria Zvetina
dzvetina@cvg.org
+1 312-761-2651

Human Resources

Full name
Gary Slutkin, MD
Age
1950
Short Biography
Dr. Gary Slutkin is a physician and epidemiologist formerly of the World Health Organization, the Founder and CEO of Cure Violence, and an innovator in health, behavior change, and data based approaches to local and global health problems. Dr. Slutkin received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine, and completed his internship, residency, and infectious disease training at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital, where he was also the Chief Resident in Medicine. Following his infectious disease training, Dr. Slutkin ran the Tuberculosis (TB) Program for San Francisco (1981- 5); moved to Somalia to work on TB and cholera epidemics (1985-7); and was then recruited by the World Health Organization where he worked from 1987 to 1994 with the WHO Global Program on AIDS in over 20 countries, including leading the efforts to start the country AIDS programs for the 13 countries in central and East Africa. He also led WHO’s efforts to reverse the AIDS epidemic in Uganda, and Uganda was the first country to be successful. He was then appointed Director of Intervention Development for WHO (Global Headquarters) responsible for guiding countries in behavior change methods, and where he led their evaluation efforts. Dr. Slutkin shifted his focus when he returned to the U.S. in 1995, and now leads the national and global work on re-defining violence as a contagious health process, pointing out that violence meets the definitions of both contagious and of disease. He also leads the efforts to demonstrate that treating violence as a contagious health epidemic yields strong results. Dr. Slutkin’s work has been featured in the NY Times, the award winning documentary film, “The Interrupters”, and in over a dozen books, most recently in Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn’s book, “A Path Appears”. He has appeared on dozens of television and radio stations, and quoted regularly in leading publications. His national and international awards include the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Public Safety, The Order of Lincoln Award, and the UNICEF Humanitarian of the Year Award. Dr. Slutkin speaks regularly at local, national and global forums including The World Bank, Institute of Medicine, Davos World Economic Forum, UNICEF, the UN, as well as corporate, religious, health and law enforcement conferences. He is a Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Global Ashoka fellow, and is a senior advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Has Held Position Since
1995
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n/a
Full name
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Age
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Has Held Position Since
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Linkedin CEO URL
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Number of Employees
637* (includes community partners implementing Cure Violence)
Number of Unpaid Interns
3
Number of Paid Interns
0
Number of New Hires
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Number of Newly Created Positions
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Average Age of Paid Staff
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Number of Volunteers
>1000
Local Staff/Field vs Total Staff (%)
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Staff Turnover Rate
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Employment Opportunities

Bylaws & Legal

Legal Status
501(c)3 in the U.S.
Year of Registration
2017
Are Your Bylaws Publicly Available ?
Yes
Are Your Bylaws Provided On Request ?
No
Provide a Request URL or Email
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Date of Bylaws' Last Modification
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Reason(s) for Modification(s)
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Countries Where Legally Represented
USA
Is Your Organization Accredited to ECOSOC (UN)?
No
Year of Accreditation
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Financials

Latest Yearly Income (All Countries and Entities)
US$14,956,646.00 (Cure Violence headquarters, training unit and Chicago operation – latest available at UIC, FY2018); US$33,450,000.00 (income leveraged by Cure Violence Global network partner organizations for implementing the Cure Violence, FY2019)
Latest Surplus/Deficit
US$234,455 (Cure Violence headquarters, training unit and Chicago operation)
Previous Yearly Income
US $32,473,727 (This is for FY2018 for operations at UIC and reflects Cure Violence headquarters, training unit and Chicago operation as well as income leveraged by Cure Violence Global network partner organizations for implementing the Cure Violence approach in FY2018)
Latest Net Assets
US $536,046.67 (as of September 30, 2019)
Date of Publication for Next Financial Statement
2020
Latest Financial Statements
Latest Audited Fiscal Year
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Contact Information for Auditors
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