February 2015 – Cure Violence Partners with Hollywood Movie Studio in Social Action Campaign

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What if the U.S. treated violence like a contagious disease? We know that violence spreads like a virus. When one person becomes infected, it spreads throughout entire communities.

There are US cities that are doing just that, and the results are amazing.

  • In one community in Chicago, shootings dropped by 67%
  • New Orleans went 200 days without a murder
  • In one Brooklyn community, an entire year passed without a single shooting

Cure Violence’s “Health Approach” is effectively stopping the spread of violence. Together, we can cure violence. Learn more and take action.

Cure Violence is partnered with Participant Media, producers of the new movie A Most Violent Year, in a social action campaign focused on curing violence through a health approach to prevention. Sign the online petition to convince Congress to set aside funds for a health approach to violence prevention. 

Participant Media (who produced An Inconvenient Truth, Charlie Wilson’s War, Contagion, The Help, Good Night & Good Luck) released A Most Violent Year on New Years’ Eve in theatres across the nation. Participant Media and Take Part.com will continue working with Cure Violence throughout 2015, assisting in the production of materials for the “Violence is Contagious” social impact campaign.


Cure Violence Ranks 17th on 2015 Top 500 Global NGO List;

1st among Violence Prevention NGOs

Cure Violence ranks 17th on Global_Geneva’s new 2015 report of the Top 500 NGOs and as the top NGO devoted to reducing violence, one of the definitive international rankings of the world’s top non-governmental organizations. The full set of rankings are available at www.top500ngos.net.

“I am thrilled Cure Violence is ranked in the top 20 global NGOs and as #1 in NGOs focused on violence prevention. It’s a tribute to our extraordinarily committed staff, board and partners working on the ground in dangerous places on four continents,” said Gary Slutkin, Founder & ED of Cure Violence. 

Jean-Christophe Nothias, the ranking’s founder, says a key reason for the ranking was simply to shine a brighter light on the nonprofit sector. “A few years ago, I set out to rank NGOs,” says Nothias, “Non-profits foster tremendous changes in society, but the scant publicity around their work leaves most of us in the dark.”

Four years in the making, the Top 500 NGOs grows out of The Global Journal 2012 and 2013 Top 100 NGO rankings. Cure Violence ranked 30th and 9th in the top 100 NGO Rankings in 2012 and 2013 respectively. No rankings report was issued in 2014, as its sponsors significantly revamped the methodology and restructured organizationally.

Along with the expansion of the rankings in 2015, Swiss non-profit Global_Geneva enhanced its ranking methodology and integrated a number of changes recommended by academic researchers. “This year our criterion for the rankings has further evolved from the original to a broader and more inclusive account of NGO activity,” says Nothias. “The many criteria make possible a more nuanced understanding of all the great work the rankings try to highlight.” Global_Geneva’s 2015 Methodology paper can be accessed on its website.

Among the 500 highest ranked NGOs of 2015 are the UK organizations Oxfam, Islamic Relief International and Save The Children, the USA organizations Acumen, Partners In Health and World Vision, as well as organizations from Bangladesh (BRAC), Denmark (Danish Refugee Council), and the top-ranked MSF (Doctors Without Borders) from France.

The USA still leads in sheer number of ranked NGOs with 26% of the 2015 rankings. Within the top ten are the Acumen Fund (#4), Partners In Health (#7), and World Vision (#10). Thirty-eight US organizations rank in the top 100, including Ceres, Landesa, One Acre Fund, Cure Violence, Ashoka, Mercy Corps, Room to Read, RootCapital, Rare, Care and the Open Society.

Cure Violence Joins Isiah Thomas and Joakim Noah to Sponsor Peace Games Basketball Tournament in New York City during NBA All-Star Weekend

NBA All-Star Weekend 2015 in New York City had an additional event added to its calendar this year. With NBA players as coaches, teams made up of high risk youth from Cure Violence partner sites throughout New York City gathered on Saturday afternoon, February 14th for a new Peace Games tournament in Harlem.

New York City is the first city to comprehensively adopt the Cure Violence approach. New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced an additional $12.7 million in annual funding in August, 2014 to extend the health approach to violence prevention throughout all high-risk communities New York City. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has also provided additional funding for partner sites outside New York City. By the end of 2015, New York will have more than 30 Cure Violence partner sites, many of which will be in New York City, but will also include Rochester, Mt. Vernon, Albany and Syracuse.

Cure Violence leaders are working closely with New York state and city officials to train and assist as the health approach is rapidly expanded to a comprehensive, city-wide approach in the city’s high-risk communities.

Cure Violence Approach featured at February World Bank Forum in Washington, DC

Conflict in the 21st century has multiple dimensions and vanishing boundaries, with countries and regions facing diverse and overlapping forms of fragility, conflict and violence. Development outcomes are most compromised in situations of fragility and conflict; these countries lag in all measures of the millennium development goals. The World Bank Group’s goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity cannot move forward without adequately addressing fragility, conflict and violence.

The 2015 World Bank Group Fragility, Conflict and Violence Forum was held in Washington, DC last week. UIC Professor of International Health & Infectious Diseases and the Founder of Cure Violence, Gary Slutkin, M.D. and Cobe Williams, Cure Violence National Trainer & Violence Interrupter, anchored a panel at the World Bank Forum after a showing of the 2011 award-winning Kartemquin film “The Interrupters”, which features the work of Cure Violence and Cobe Williams, among others.

The Forum is designed to move the World Bank’s development agenda forward in places where gains are the hardest to achieve.

Gary Slutkin & Marcus McAllister, Cure Violence National Trainer, Travel to Israel, West Bank/Gaza to Explore Partnerships

Cure Violence Founder & Executive Director Gary Slutkin and National Trainer Marcus McAllister traveled to the Middle East over New Years to meet with organizations including OneVoice Movement Executive Director Samer Maklouf and leaders in Tomorrows Youth Organization (Nablus, Palestine) to explore potential partnerships towards a health approach to violence prevention in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

During the two week trip, Cure Violence identified Middle East NGOs focused on bringing peace to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. One organization they visited, the SHAMS Human Rights & Democracy Center located in Ramallah, provides capacity building to organizations and individuals (especially women and youth) in the fields of human rights and democratic participation.  They directly engage with local communities through a network of human rights activists in villages throughout the West Bank and utilize the media to spread information to a wider audience.

Slutkin and McAllister also met with Dr. Nabeel Shaath one of Palestine’s early leaders. They were joined during the meetings by new Cure Violence Atlas Fellow Mohammad Asideh who is from Ramallah and based in Washington, D.C. this year to help grow the Cure Violence health approach throughout the Middle East.

Spreading Our Message

Our goal in 2015 is to begin a national movement around a health approach to violence prevention. Everything we do this year is geared towards changing behavior towards violence prevention solutions that include adoption of a health approach. We thought you may be interested in a few of the audiences where we’ve had the opportunity to spread the Cure Violence health message recently.

CARACAS SEGURA. Evento Internacional de Seguridad Ciudadana. (Venezuela)

Facebook Corporate Headquarters (California)

Assessment/Exploration of Potential Partnerships with NGOs in Middle East (Israel, Nablus, West Bank, Gaza)

Staff Training for Partner Sites in New York City, San Antonio and Oakland, CA

World Bank Fragility, Conflict & Violence Forum (Washington, DC)

Without Violence Solutions Summit (New York City)

Peace Games Basketball Tournament during NBA All Star Weekend (New York City)

White House Youth Violence Steering Committee (Washington, DC)

Staff Training for Partner Sites in Canada and Honduras

Assessment Visit to Columbia