"Preventing Targeted Violence: Moving from National Security to Community Safety Frame"
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Recorded on Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Webinar description – Predatory violence inspired by hate or by political ideologies, or by very individualized grievances, are often preceded by warning behaviors that provide communities with the information they need to reach out and redirect individuals in crisis before there is a mobilization to violence. This presentation will describe public health focused efforts in Illinois and across the United States that are working to develop community-driven prevention and early intervention programs. This webinar will focus on describing the roles public health organizations and public health strategies play to facilitate prevention and early intervention.
Junaid M. Afeef, Director - Targeted Violence Prevention Program, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA)
Junaid M. Afeef serves as the director of the Targeted Violence Prevention Program at the ICJIA since its launch in February 2016. Immediately prior to leading TVPP, Junaid was acting general counsel at ICJIA. Mr. Afeef has over two decades of experience in the criminal justice system. Early in his career he worked in the Juvenile Justice/Child Protection Division of the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. He continued working with parents and children as a bar attorney in solo private practice alongside his criminal defense and civil rights work. Junaid's focus on preventing targeted violence began in 2012, and his initiative led the creation of TVPP in Illinois. Junaid's commentary on domestic terrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE) has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in numerous online publications and journals. He has spoken about preventing targeted violence, including the roles of public health and mental health institutions in this work, throughout Illinois, the United States, and internationally.