DOJ Hosts Summit on Youth Violence

Today marks the first of a three-day summit presented by the Department of Justice on preventing youth violence.

More than 600 participants from more than 30 cities will attend the department’s Fifth National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Secretary of Education John King and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez are expected to attend, along with several other prominent national figures and social justice organizations.

President Obama created the forum in 2010. The initiative will run in partnership with the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, another Obama administration program.

“There is a growing awareness around the country that mass incarceration is not the answer to building safe and healthy communities,” said Fatimah Loren Muhammad, Director of Equal Justice USA, one of many organizations participating in the program in an emailed statement to JET. “The moment is ripe for a new approach that prevents harm, promotes healing, and moves the needs of people harmed by crime to the center of solutions, especially in communities of color that are most impacted.”

The summit takes place from June 27-29 at the Hilton Baltimore Convention Center. You can live stream the event here.