This month, a CRCL represntative traveled to Dusseldorf, Hamburg, and Berlin, Germany where he gave several presentations as aprt of a CRCL/State Department community engagement exchange program focused on countering violent extremism (CVE). While in Germany, the U.S. delgation met with community leaders from local governments, law enforcement, and civil society organizations to exchange CVE strategies and discuss best practices to facilitate community resilience and engagement. Such strategies ranged from implementing new programs to curb youth crime and violence to building relationships with communities to develop trust and coordination in countering violent extremism of all forms.
The U.S. delegation, representing Chicago and Seattle, included local community leaders and educators, local law enforcement officials, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Later this summer, CRCL, in partnership with the State Department, will coordinate a program for German counterparts who will visit the U.S. to participate in various community engagement activities in Chicago.