There are a variety of successful violence reduction initiatives happening across our country. But what role can the church play? How can pastors and faith leaders engage in order to prevent violence before it happens? The church has a vital role to play. Come and listen to an expert panel, and join us in a conversation about how we can stop mass incarceration and over-policing, and shift resources towards innovative, health-based solutions that build safe and healthy communities.
Mona Cadena is the Director of Campaigns and Organizing at EJUSA. She works with EJUSA strategists implementing death penalty repeal and violence reduction campaigns across the country. She uses her expertise in community-based organizing to provide training, strategic guidance, and hands-on assistance to over a dozen state death penalty campaigns. Before joining EJUSA in 2009, Mona spent 10 years with Amnesty International. She has a B.A. in political science/policy studies from University of Colorado Boulder and a masters certificate in international relations/human trafficking and migration from Trinity College in Washington, DC.
Lionel LaTouche is the Senior Project Manager for the Trauma to Trust program at EJUSA. He joined EJUSA in February 2018, focusing his efforts on the enhancement of the Police & Community Collaborative Training Program based in Newark, NJ. Lionel is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, providing therapy to adolescents, adults and families. He received a master’s degree in social work at New York University. Prior to EJUSA, Lionel served as an in-community therapist for several years, providing services to adolescents and families in Bergen, Essex and Hudson Counties of New Jersey.