The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute (LDBPI): Louis D. Brown was a 15-year-old high school sophomore honor student and an aspiring community leader. In December 1993, while on his way to a “Teens Against Gang Violence” neighborhood meeting, his life was tragically cut short as he got caught in the middle of a fatal crossfire shootout near his home in Dorchester, MA. Louis’ parents, Joseph and Clementina (Tina) Chéry, co-founded the Peace Institute in 1994 in his name to honor his legacy and continue the peacemaking work he was leading. Its mission is to serve as a center of healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss.
Grounded in racial justice and equity, the LDBPI and CVPR work together to strengthen communities, prevent violence and advocate for more compassionate and equitable health care, criminal justice, and societal responses to homicide. The partnership’s innovation stems from both organizations’ deep investment in reflective practices and intentional teamwork to meet the needs of survivors of homicide victims.
In the aftermath of a homicide, the partners work together to coordinate immediate crisis intervention and proactively address the immediate, complex, and long-term needs of survivors. The LDBPI guides survivors in decision-making, understanding their rights and options, making funeral arrangements, and navigating interactions with healthcare providers, medical examiners, law enforcement, and the media—while simultaneously attending to the shock, trauma, and grief of losing a loved one. On-site at the LDBPI’s offices in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, CVPR clinicians support the staff and survivors, participate in the team meetings, and provide counseling, healing circles, creative arts groups, and advocacy services.
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