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Proyecto Palabra - "Word of Honor" Project

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Los Angeles
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

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.


Date Created: August 28, 2012