Reducing Trauma


  • Make It Happen

    Make It Happen helps young men between the ages of 16 and 24 who have experienced violence acquire the tools necessary to overcome traumatic experiences.

  • Strong Starts Court Initiative

    The Strong Starts Court Initiative enhances the capacity of Family Court to bring positive changes to court-involved babies and their families.

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  • The Reasons for Youth Gun Use


    With shootings on the rise, staff from the Center for Court Innovation spoke with Brian Lehrer on WNYC radio about the report "Guns, Safety, and the Edge of Adulthood in New York City" on July 7, 2021. Lehrer interviews Research Director, Rachel Swaner Deputy Research Director Elise White, and community-based Research Coordinator Basaime Spate, about the year-long study into the reasons young people carry guns in NYC.

  • As Times Square Makes a Comeback, It’s Time to Help Those Still Struggling

    Many vulnerable individuals who are experiencing homelessness or are in need of other services are shuttled into the criminal justice system. In partnership with Fountain House, Breaking Ground, and the Times Square Alliance, a new community-led initiative in Times Square called Community First aims to interrupt this cycle by building trusting relationships, providing essentials, and learning more about the individual needs of our Midtown community members.

  • Why These Young Men Carry Guns

    The New York Times

    During a rise in gun violence in New York City, the New York Times looks to understand why. They share the findings from our year-long study in areas of New York with high rates of gun violence, showing that many people in those communities don’t feel protected by authority figures, including the police, and are facing cycles of trauma, violence, and systemic disinvestment in communities.

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