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Proyecto Palabra - "Word of Honor" Project

Award Information

Award #
2012-PB-FX-K003
Location
Awardee County
Los Angeles
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2012
Total funding (to date)
$2,182,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $1,500,000)

The Community-Based Violence Prevention Program provides funding for localities to support federal, state, and local partnerships to replicate proven multi-disciplinary, community-based strategies to reduce violence. This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2012, Public Law 112-55.

The proposed project will reduce violence in Los Angeles communities through an innovative initiative that will focus on two of the city's most active gangs: MS-13 and 18th Street. As part of Mayor Antonio Vi'laraigosa's Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) Comprehensive Strategy, which is based on the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model, Proyecto Palabra will create a specially trained "gang specific" intervention team with "palabra" (ability to exert influence) among the MS-13 and 18th Street relational networks. Proyecto Palabra will reduce gang related violence in the Rampart GRYD zone by 15% over a three year period; provide case management and gang tattoo removal services to 50 active participants per year; and establish cease fire agreements each year at three Summer Night Lights parks serving the Rampart Area. Proyecto Palabra will have a transnational component through participation in 24 technical assistance exchange sessions via skype between Los Angeles and its sister city, San Salvador.

CA/NCF

OJJDP's State and Community Development (Invited) Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. Through the Community-Based Violence Prevention Program (CBVP), OJJDP funds organizations working to reduce youth gun and gang violence through evidence-based models. These programs have been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

The proposed project aims to reduce violence in Los Angeles communities through an innovative initiative that will focus on two of the city’s most active gangs -- MS-13 and 18th Street. As part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development’s (GRYD) Comprehensive Strategy, which is based on the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model, Proyecto Palabra will create a specially trained “gang specific” intervention team with “palabra” (ability to exert influence) among the MS-13 and 18th Street relational networks. This specially trained team will be coordinated by the Mayor’s GRYD Office and use faith-based clergy and community intervention workers (CIWs) to provide gang intervention services in the Proyecto Palabra GRYD Areas. In addition, this project will increase the community’s awareness of the adverse effects of trauma and gang-related violence. Proyecto Palabra will focus on GRYD Areas throughout Los Angeles rather than just one GRYD Zone. CIWs will refer 40 clients to GRYD Case Managers to receive GRYD Family Case Management and gang tattoo removal services. Proyecto Palabra will establish cease fire agreements each year at three Summer Night Lights parks serving the Proyecto Palabra GRYD Areas. Funds will also be used to send a team of representatives to the OJJDP Youth Violence Prevention fall convening.

CA/NCF

Date Created: August 28, 2012