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My Brother's Keeper

In February of 2014, President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative “to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential,” and established an interagency task force to work on it. Last month, the task force released a 90-day progress report to the President including an initial set of recommendations. Many of these recommendations align with work Vera and its partners are doing. In this blog series, several Vera and other experts provide insights. We invite your comments.

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  • Ryan Shanahan
    Ryan Shanahan
July 27, 2014

Series: My Brother's Keeper

The Value of Family Visits

Much of my work in Vera’s Family Justice Program focuses on understanding the impact of staying connected to family for people who are incarcerated and helping our government partners to identify policies and practices that enhance opportunities for family con...

  • Danielle Sered
    Danielle Sered
July 02, 2014

Series: My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper: Integrating responses to victims and defendants

The recently released My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Report to the President includes a section on “reducing violence and providing a second chance,” which begins by saying, “On the path to adulthood, youth may fall victim to violence or experience an interact...

  • Charlane  Brown-Wyands
    Charlane Brown-Wyands
July 01, 2014

Series: My Brother's Keeper

Good News for Police

The first status report issued by the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force unveiled a host of challenges and recommendations aimed at increasing the capacity of and opportunities for boys and young men of color. A number of the recommendations directly impact the la...

  • Susan  Shah
    Susan Shah
June 26, 2014

Series: My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper: The future of community policing

The release of the My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Task Force Report to the President provides an impressive agenda for improving outcomes for boys and men of color. One of the recommendations discusses deepening the practice of community policing in the field, grou...

  • Nicholas Turner
    Nicholas Turner
March 06, 2014

Series: My Brother's Keeper

Are Good Programs Enough?‎

Last week, in a joyous yet sobering White House East Room meeting, President Obama announced a long awaited initiative—My Brother’s Keeper—intended to improve opportunities and life outcomes for young African American  men and, by extension, our communities. H...