National Network for Safe Communities

Date: January 12, 2018

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Student Capacity: 20

Location: 500 W 56th Street, New York, NY
(Subway information: walkable from 59th St. Station/Columbus Circle or 50th Street Station)

Fletcher Facilitator:

Additional meeting instructions: Visitors need an ID to enter the building.


  • Adrienne Klein (F’16) | Research Associate, International | National Network for Safe Communities | LinkedIn Profile |

Additional Information:
For nearly a decade the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) has worked collaboratively with partners across the United States to reduce violence. While the effectiveness of our approach has generated significant interest from outside our borders, to date the National Network has primarily focused its efforts to US cities. In 2016, we launched International Initiatives to begin to bring our thinking more intentionally to partners outside the US.
We know all too well how violence devastates communities, preventing neighborhoods from flourishing and relegating the majority of non-violent actors residing in such neighborhoods to live in a constant state of fear. Although our global community has made great progress, urban violence is on the rise internationally, refugee flows are higher than any time since World War II, and extremism is a growing concern. 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 US, just as they have been a part of the solution to reducing violence within the US.
International Initiatives will continue to have as our foundation the following guiding principles:
• First do no harm
• Strengthen communities’ capacity to prevent violence
• Enhance legitimacy
• Offer help to those who want it
• Get deterrence right
• Use enforcement strategically
While these principles apply in all contexts, how precisely they are applied will be realized in a context-specific way. A do no harm strategy will look very different in Mexico City than it would in New York City. Our international efforts will begin in all cases with conducting action research to understand context and craft questions and approaches that fit the particularities of the violence challenge of each particular community.

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