You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 27, 2016

U.S. Attorney's Office and Other Area Leaders Travel to Washington for National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence

Representatives from the U.S. Attorney's Office and Detroit’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative traveled today to Washington, D.C. to join with other cities from around the country to discuss strategies for reducing youth violence and gang activity at the Fifth National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence.

The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, established at the direction of President Obama in 2010, is a network of communities and federal agencies that work together and build local capacity to prevent and reduce youth violence.  Boston, Camden, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Salinas, San Jose, Long Beach, Cleveland, Louisville, Seattle and Baltimore are the 15 cities participating in the Forum.  This national convening will bring together over 600 participants representing more than 30 cities, including many communities that have accepted President Obama’s MY Brother's Keeper Community Challenge.

President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative in February of 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.  Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to ensure that every child has a clear pathway to success from cradle to college and career. Learn more at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper.

"In light of the intolerable level of violence committed against children and teens in Detroit, we need to explore all ideas for protecting their safety," McQuade said.   The National Forum brings together the best practices from around the country, and we hope to bring home the best ways to give our kids the safe environment they deserve."

 

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated June 27, 2016