Chihuahua State, Mexico
Nuevo León State, Mexico
Ceará State, Brazil
U.S. Virgin Islands*
El Salvador *
London, UK *
Background and Introduction
NNSC significantly broadened the scope of its network in 2017 with the launch of an international portfolio. International Interventions collaborates with a diverse range of partners outside the U.S. on effective strategies to increase community safety and reduce violence. Just as we do domestically, “International Interventions” provides evidence-based violence reduction solutions to help partners reverse negative trends. Distinct from our U.S. work, our international portfolio requires significant country-based adaptation, taking into account variations in social norms, histories of violence, institutional capacity and legitimacy, and more. While our international work extends more broadly, to date International Interventions has worked in Bermuda and completed a feasibility study in El Salvador. We are in current partnership with Mexico and Sweden. By building coalitions of key stakeholders in communities, sharing knowledge among cities in the NNSC network, and consulting with subject matter experts, “International Interventions” is playing a meaningful role in addressing global violence.
Guided by our six key principles, we take steps to learn from our partners in an effort to fully understand the challenges they face. These steps include action research and convening local thought leaders who will work with us to adapt the framework to their context. Building coalitions of key stakeholders in the community, knowledge sharing with other cities in our network, and consulting with subject matter experts are different ways we support our partners. The goal is to achieve sustainable impact through leveraging and reallocating existing resources and social capital to implement the strategy, rather than relying on significant additional funding.
At International Interventions, we believe that successful violence reduction must be a collective effort across institutions and communities. Effective violence reduction hinges on the legitimacy of state institutions in the eyes of the community—when legitimacy goes down, violence goes up. Communities need to see law enforcement, especially the police, as fair, respectful, and on their side. Our work in the United States continuously addresses questions of legitimacy in cities and communities that have been historically marginalized and where institutions have struggled to meet the needs and demands of the people they serve. International Interventions brings this understanding of how legitimacy issues play out in practice to our global network.
As a global community we have committed to certain principles of human rights, global development, and international cooperation. We believe that NNSC approaches can be a positive part of the solution to violence outside the U.S., just as they have been a part of the solution to reducing violence within the U.S.
Effective Violence Prevention: Progress and Practice in Non-U.S. Contexts
This panel from the 2017 NNSC National Conference discusses applications and challenges in contexts as diverse as Sweden, Honduras, Bermuda, El Salvador, and Mexico, while also exploring how government officials and communities are organizing to address those challenges.
- Rachel Locke, Former Director, International Interventions, National Network for Safe Communities (moderator)
- H.E. Jeffrey Baron, Minister of National Security, Government of Bermuda
- Enrique Betancourt, Director of the Citizen Security Initiative, Chemonics International
- Jeremy Biddle, Coordinator, Central America Regional Security Initiative, United States Agency for International Development
- Kimberley Jackson, Program Manager, Ministry of Social Development and Sports; and Managing Director, Team Street Safe, Government of Bermuda
- Kurt Ver Beek, Vice President, Asociación para una Sociedad Más Justa (Association for a More Just Society), Honduras
- Erik Wennerström, Director-General, Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention
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Focused Deterrence Strategy
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