Cure Violence founder honored by UNICEF

At a UNICEF luncheon in Chicago Friday, September 23rd, Gary Slutkin, Founder & CEO of Cure Violence and professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois School of Public Health will be named Chicago Humanitarian of the Year by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

The award recognizes Chicagoans who have made a significant impact in the lives of children, locally, nationally or internationally.

“I’m deeply honored to receive this award from UNICEF,” Slutkin said.  “It’s a privilege for Cure Violence to be working with UNICEF on its new Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.  Violence is one of the most pressing public health crises of our time — it behaves like a contagious disease, and there’s an epidemic problem in the US and around the world.  Most epidemics are managed by the public health sector.  We need to galvanize the public health sector to change the course of the violence epidemic.”

Cure Violence uses disease-control and behavior-change methods to reduce violence in communities around the world.  Cure Violence works to lessen gang and youth violence, as well as cartel, tribal, election and prison violence and is increasingly being consulted on violent extremism.  The organization has partners on four continents, including more than 50 communities in 31 cities.  Cure Violence ranks 14th in NGO Advisor’s 2016 Report of TOP 500 Global NGOs and 1st among organizations devoted to reducing violence.

The US Fund for UNICEF ( supports UNICEF’s work and other efforts in support of the world’s children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.  The Fund works with governments, civic leaders, celebrities, corporations, campus groups, churches and teachers to help advocate for the survival and well-being of every child.


UNICEF Award Press release