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Attorney General Holder Commends Minneapolis Efforts at Youth Violence Prevention Conference

June 1, 2011

Photo: Attorney General Eric Holder

In remarks at the Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Conference, on May 27, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder emphasized the Department of Justice's commitment to protect America's youth from the many forms of violence they may experience, including bullying, assault, gang violence, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. He commended the city of Minneapolis for their "Blueprint for Action" strategy—a preventative, public health approach that has managed to decrease the number of arrests and suspects in the city by half over the past five years, in addition to decreasing the rates of assaults and school crimes.

Holder said, "The progress of our nation—and the measure of its people—will be determined by the support that we provide and the doors that we open for the youngest among us."


Read the full speech at http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/ag/speeches/2011/ag-speech-110527.html.

Read more about Minneapolis's Blueprint for Action strategy at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/health/yvp/dhfs_yv.


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