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Maytal Eyal

4 November 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philly Truce is a mobile app that lets people in crisis ask for help from volunteer conflict mediators without involving the police. The app connects people to social services and to volunteers who can help ensure tha...

WURD

Peak Johnson

25 October 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Healing Hurt People helps the survivors of gun violence and other assaults starting bedside in hospitals and continuing during a patient's recovery. The group, partnering with other services providers, treats mental t...

Belt Magazine

Randiah Green

7 October 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Programs like Motor City Match and Grown in Detroit help entrepreneurs launch Black-owned food businesses in Detroit. The businesses sell healthy foods in neighborhoods often lacking in nutritious options or in the in...

Next City

Hayley Zhao

6 October 2021

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Dallas' Rapid Integrated Group Healthcare Team dispatches clinicians and social workers with police to 911 calls for mental health crises. Within two days, the team follows up to make sure people received the services...

Arizona Daily Star

Caitlin Schmidt

5 October 2021

Mesa, Arizona, United States

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In 2019, Mesa police began diverting calls about suicide threats to a crisis line, where trained mental health professionals could provide counseling or dispatch a mobile crisis unit. Then they placed mental health pr...

Civil Eats

Stephanie Parker

30 September 2021

Graham, North Carolina, United States

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Benevolence Farm hosts a small number of formerly incarcerated women as live-in laborers growing herbs that end up in body-care products. The farming experience teaches marketable skills, as the women learn the finer ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Yeung

20 September 2021

Kenya

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The prevalence of remote work has benefitted workers who previously did not have access to many opportunities. Refugees, who typically need paperwork and work permits that are not readily available, have been able to ...

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Erica Lenti

1 September 2021

Orange, Massachusetts, United States

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Trans Doe Task Force is a nonprofit project by two professional genetic genealogists that works to solve cold cases involving missing and murdered trans people. Trans people are at greater risk of violence. When their...

Triad City Beat

Sayaka Matsuoka

1 September 2021

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

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Greensboro's version of the Cure Violence program, called Gate City Coalition, has helped reduce homicides nearly to zero in the two neighborhoods where it operates. At a time of escalated gun violence, the Cure Viole...

Prime Progress

Innocent Eteng

17 August 2021

Kaduna, Nigeria

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The Interfaith Mediation Center trained two groups of 30 Muslim and Christian women in two areas of Kaduna as a pilot project putting women at the center of the work needed to understand and prevent religion-motivated...

Wall Street Journal

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Deena Winter

13 August 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Agape Movement was born during the tensest moments of the 2020 social-justice uprising in Minneapolis, using unarmed community members to provide safety to protesters. Since then the city awarded it multiple contr...

The Seattle Times

Daniel Beekman

9 August 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Equitable Communities Initiative brought together representatives from a range of nonprofits serving people of color to make recommendations for investments that support communities of color. Each panelist brought...

The Independent

Richard Hall

29 July 2021

Rochester, New York, United States

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Less than a year after Rochester experienced its own version of the George Floyd case, when a clash with police led to the death of Daniel Prude, a man in a mental health crisis, Rochester diverted money from the poli...

Las Vegas Optic

Ryan Lowery

29 July 2021

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

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In Alamosa County, law enforcement officers who believe drug abuse is at the root of a person's criminal behavior can refer that person to treatment and other services, rather than arresting and jailing them. The Law ...

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Leigh Paterson

26 July 2021

Frisco, Colorado, United States

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The Summit County, Colorado, sheriff's office runs SMART (Systemwide Mental Assessment Response), which pairs armed deputies with clinicians to respond to mental health crises. In 2020, the two teams took hundreds of ...

USA Today

Ryan W. Miller

23 July 2021

New York, New York, United States

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A pilot project in three New York Police Department precincts of Harlem showed in its first month that it can divert some mental-health crises away from hospitalization and toward other forms of help. Teams of medics ...

WNBC-TV

Darlene Rodriguez

22 July 2021

New York, New York, United States

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In its first month as a pilot project in a part of Harlem, New York's Behavioral Health Emergency Assistance Response Division (B-HEARD) handled one-quarter of 911 calls for mental health crises. Despite fears of dang...

WBUR

Robin Young

Allison Hagan

22 July 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

Radio Talk Show

5-15 Minutes

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The police chief in Eugene, Ore., home of the CAHOOTS program, which other communities see as the model for finding alternatives to policing, supports the program because it saves lives and saves the city money. Sendi...

People

Jeff Truesdell

15 July 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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CAHOOTS has become a national model because of its uncommon partnership with the Eugene Police Department. The police chief says CAHOOTS' unarmed first responders to mental health crises can de-escalate crises before ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

James Walsh

6 July 2021

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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To boost diversity in its ranks as part of its outreach to improve community relations, the St. Paul Police Department created a two-year apprenticeship program that makes law enforcement careers more accessible by cl...

NBC News

Vicky Collins

4 July 2021

Denver, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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As the nation’s largest city to embrace an alternative approach to responding to 911 calls in non-violent personal crises, Denver finished the first year of its pilot program having never needed police backup when its...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

30 June 2021

Jackson, Wyoming, United States

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In order to develop the next generation of school administrative leaders, the Teton County School District created a leadership development program. The aim of the program is to create a pool of candidates who will be...

BBC

Jo Mathys

29 June 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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All people between the ages of 14 and 21 in Washington, D.C., who are placed on probation for criminal convictions get assigned a probation officer, social worker, and a "credible messenger" – a mentor, usually with h...

The Kansas City Star

Hurubie Meko

27 June 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Black, urban farmers have formed a grassroots "ecosystem" to grow and distribute fresh, affordable produce in St. Louis neighborhoods where food insecurity and gun violence go hand in hand. Heru Urban Farming is a sta...

Gothamist

Elizabeth Kim

21 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Stand Up to Violence is the only street-outreach gun-violence-prevention program in New York that centers its work in hospitals. Street outreach is a policing alternative that uses former gang members and formerly inc...

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