Cure The Streets

Uptown, DC

“This strife among ourselves wastes our energy and destroys our unity. My message to those of you involved in this battle of brother against brother is this — Take your guns, your knives… And throw them into the sea!”

- Nelson Mandela

“and after doing this, come see me so that we can talk about how to rebuild, restore and renew your mind where we all get to live to see another day! Only Light can overcome darkness, lets walk to the light and see our way out of utter destruction. “

- Rev. Judie Shepherd-Gore
What We Do

Cure The Streets (CTS)

Working to reduce violence by:


Detecting and Interrupting

Potentially Violent Conflicts

CTS Violence Interrupters (VIs) are hired for their credibility, relationships, and influence within targeted neighborhoods and trained to resolve conflicts.

VIs engage with the community to learn about brewing conflicts and resolve them peaceably before they erupt in violence. If a shooting does occur, CTS works with those affected by the incident to prevent retaliation.

CTS also organizes rallies or vigils when shootings occur to ensure that violence is not normalized.


Identifying and Treating

High-Risk Individuals

CTS Outreach Workers (OWs) recruit and work with individuals at high risk for involvement with violence in order to reduce their risk factors.

OWs meet with program participants several times a week to implement individualized risk reduction plans. They also help connect participants with needed services, such as housing, counseling, and employment assistance, and develop action plans for a positive future.


Mobilizing the Community to

Change Norms

CTS engages with residents, community leaders, local businesses, faith leaders, service providers, and high-risk individuals to build coalitions and develop strategies to reduce violence.

CTS works with these partners to organize forums and public events where residents can gather and interact safely without fear of conflict and violence.

About Us

Cure the Streets (CTS) is...
a public safety program working to reduce gun violence in the District.

CTS uses a data-driven, public-health approach to treat violence as a disease that can be interrupted, treated, and stopped from spreading.

CTS Uptown DC serves Wards 1 & 4 in the District of Columbia.
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