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Karol V. Mason, Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs, addresses the Fifth National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence.     

“The only way to meet the challenge of youth violence is by mobilizing all available resources and by addressing it, not just as a crime problem, but as a social problem, and as a chance to lift up our youth,” said Karol V. Mason, Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs, speaking at the Fifth National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence.

The summit, hosted by the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention and organized by OJJDP and the My Brother’s Keeper task force, was held in Baltimore, MD, on June 27–29, 2016.

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