Cure Violence Receives National Dispute Resolution Award & Grant
Cure Violence, an international NGO ranked 17th in the Top 500 global NGOs and first in NGOs focused on violence prevention, was awarded the 2015 Warren Knight Distinguished Service Award by the JAMS Foundation at a Seattle meeting of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section.
“The JAMS Foundation is proud to recognize Cure Violence for their work in helping to reduce and prevent violence in our cities,” said David Brandon, managing director of the JAMS Foundation. “In light of the continuing violence that we see in many cities between police and the communities they serve, we enthusiastically support Cure Violence’s current efforts to develop specialized training and education for police and law enforcement agencies around the country.”
JAMS is the largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world. The Warren Knight Distinguished Service Award recognizes the work of extraordinary individuals and organizations in promoting and advancing collaborative forms of dispute resolution. Named in honor of JAMS Founder, H. Warren Knight, a pioneer in the development of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), the award honors recipients’ commitment to helping prevent and resolve conflict in the communities they serve. The award is accompanied by a $25,000 grant to Cure Violence.
“On behalf of our 350 staff who work in high-risk communities daily to interrupt violence and mediate potentially lethal conflicts, I want to thank the JAMS Foundation for its support for our work to change individual behavior and community norms. To be recognized by the JAMS Foundation, the largest private alternative dispute resolution provider in the world, for our work in conflict mediation is truly an honor,” said Gary Slutkin, M.D. Executive Director of Cure Violence.
Recognizing chronic violence as a serious health crisis affecting the well-being of both individuals and entire communities, Cure Violence employs a well-established health model to identify and interrupt sources of violent confrontation, mediate conflicts, continue working with high-risk individuals to change behavior and build community support for norm change to help prevent further outbreaks of violence.
Highly-trained and credible outreach workers engage directly with those most at risk of violence to interrupt potentially lethal conflicts, encouraging participants to seek out more constructive solutions. The Cure Violence Health Model has consistently been proven effective at reducing violence in multiple independent studies.
Cure Violence is currently developing specialized training in its Health Model for police, law enforcement agencies and communities nationwide.
Hon. H. Warren Knight (Ret.) was the founder of JAMS, which he created in January 1979. Judge Knight was considered a pioneer in the ADR and legal communities and was instrumental in introducing and furthering ADR, including mediation and arbitration, within the legal community in California and throughout the United States.
In 2002, JAMS established the JAMS Foundation and the JAMS Society as a way of giving back to local, national, and international communities. The JAMS Foundation, funded entirely by contributions, provides grants for conflict resolution initiatives with national and international impact. The JAMS Foundation has provided more than $5 million in grant funding since its inception.
About the JAMS Foundation (www.jamsfoundation.org)
The non-profit JAMS Foundation is the largest private provider of ADR-related grants in the world. The Foundation was established in 2002 by JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide, and is funded by JAMS mediators, arbitrators and employee associates who contribute a percentage of their income. The JAMS Foundation has provided more than $5 million in grant funding since its inception. Founded in 1979, JAMS and its nearly 300 fulltime mediators and arbitrators are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s most important cases.