CeaseFire Illinois is the Illinois branch of the Cure Violence Organization, which currently only operates in  Chicago.  CeaseFire began in 1995, and after five years of strategy development, had its first program in the West Garfield Park neighborhood where it achieved a 67% drop in shootings and killings. Following four more replications of the new model – averaging a 42% drop in shootings and killings – the work was expanded to 15 communities and in 2004, Chicago had a 25% drop in killings, with a 50% drop in the CeaseFire zones. The method has had an extensive multi-year multi-method evaluation supported by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Currently, the program operates in the South Shore neighborhood as well as in all four major trauma centers in Chicago.

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