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National Strategy on Countering Violent Extremism Announced (August 2011)

Today’s threats are rapidly evolving, and they require our vigilance, as well as our willingness to learn and adapt. We know that violent extremism isn't constrained by international borders, or by any single ideology. The new strategy on Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States - announced last week -  is the first U.S. Government strategy to address ideologically-inspired violent extremism in the homeland. The strategy elaborates on the federal government's existing efforts and emphasizes the need to work hand-in-hand with diverse communities to protect civil rights and civil liberties of all individuals - a key facet of the work DHS CRCL has undertaken since its inception.

Secretary Napolitano said in a recent blog post "Our approach to countering violent extremism emphasizes the strength of local communities. We begin with the premise that well-informed and -equipped families, communities, and local institutions represent the best defense against terrorist ideologies and violent extremists." The Department's work on countering violent extremism (CVE) emphasizes that communities are the solution, not the problem. Diverse communities across American are best positioned to push back against violent extremists.

CRCL’s role in the effort to counter violent extremism focuses on providing useful and accurate training to DHS and other law enforcement agencies and ensuring that DHS’s CVE efforts, and work as a whole, respect civil rights and civil liberties.

Read the Secretary’s entire blog post at and read the Fact Sheet (PDF, 4 pages - 130 KB) on DHS’s approach to countering violent extremism.

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Last Published Date: June 30, 2015

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