On Kyle Rittenhouse’s attempted surrender, the police’s disregard, & what this reveals about anti-Black racism, policing, and public safety.

Some thoughts after after watching the videos of Kyle Rittenhouse try to turn himself in to police & the police drive right by him. And what this reveals about the other side of anti-Black racism in policing and how this further undermines our safety. In the video, Kyle walks toward multiple vehicles and they zoom …

Defund Police – At Home & Abroad: A call to transform international donor assistance.

The demand to "defund police," which has been ignited and accelerated recently, has been a long fought for vision and demand by community organizers and practitioners for years. The analysis and call underlying this demand is predicated on the evidence that we have shifted public resources toward systems and agents of punishment, control, and violence …

Book Launch—City of Omens: A Search for the Missing Women of the Borderlands – July 11 NYC

I am very happy to host this book launch and moderate the subsequent discussion with Dan Werb, Maia Szalavitz, and Dr. Patty Gonzalez-Zuñiga, and featuring Dan's new book City of Omens: A Search for the Missing Women of the Borderlands. Having visited and supported harm reduction and community safety work in Tijuana for the past several …

Public health programs are working to address drugs at the border — a wall won’t help

[*Originally published on January 31, 2019 by The Hill] In the center of the muddy courtyard beyond the plywood gate is a rusted-out car that three kids have turned into their playground. Outside, their mother and father meet with a pair of outreach workers. The man is an active heroin user; the woman hasn’t used …

Never mind the noise & lies calling for a border wall — Here are the daily actions saving lives along Mexico’s northern border

While President Trump & the White House made their political spectacle regarding the border wall, I was in Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana, Mexico. I had been spending time with local, community groups who provide *harm reduction* based services & support for people who use drugs - especially people living on the street or in informal …

Portuguese & Russian language versions of “Police & Harm Reduction” now available

A quick post to share that my guidance document for law enforcement - "Police and Harm Reduction" - is now available for free download in both Russian and Portuguese in addition to English. A Spanish language version is coming soon. As a reminder as to what this guidance document is about: "In many cities around the …

A public health approach to policing

“We have a choice: do we want to be a repressive or supportive service? We recognize all people are equal before the law & must be treated as such & those most affected must lead solutions.” - Asst Commissioner of Amsterdam @Politie addressing police from around world #AIDS2018 On the last day of the 2018 International AIDS Conference held in Amsterdam, I was lucky to join 25 police and civil society leaders from several countries across Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia on a visit and meeting with the Amsterdam police branch of the Dutch National Police. The meeting was held at the Amsterdam police headquarters. The focus was on what it means to embrace a public health approach to policing. Is this possible? What does it mean for police and society?

Police & Harm Reduction: How law enforcement can advance public safety, public health, and public confidence

Happy to share a new guidance document I wrote for law enforcement personnel around the world about steps they can make to advance public safety, public health, and public confidence in the arena of drug enforcement. 4+ decades of the war on drugs has failed to eradicate drug use or production, keep our communities safe, or keep people healthy and alive. There are other options for law enforcement to keep people and communities they serve healthy and safe.