The Commission has reported and responded to the incidence of gang-related hate
violence since the 1990’s. In 2007 the Commission began a coordinated effort to
develop new models to reduce interethnic tensions, address root causes of community
violence, and support gang violence reduction in general.
The RGVPI utilizes a multi-strategy public health approach that includes:
1. Civic organizing for collaborative engagement of community organizations, residents, government,
and other local stakeholders;
2. Intergroup community-building across ethnic/cultural lines;
3. Liaison with community-based gang intervention practitioners; and,
4. Youth/young adult development, mentoring and employment.
The RGVPI team has helped launch two place-based projects which
have produced significant and sustainable outcomes: Pasadena-Altadena Vision 20/20
(with Pasadena City Councilmember Jacquie Robinson and the Flintridge Center), and
Harbor Gateway GRACE/Gang Reduction and Community Engagement (with Toberman Neighborhood
Center and Boys & Girls Club of South Bay). Team members provide technical assistance
and strategic support for local initiatives in Pacoima, Monrovia-Duarte, Santa Clarita
and South Los Angeles. The team also provides planning, training, and technical
support to the County Chief Executive Office’s Regional Gang Violence Reduction
Initiative, the Community and Senior Services Department’s countywide Youth/Young
Adult Re-entry planning, and the Probation Department’s Adult Re-entry efforts for
the AB 109 State Parole Realignment.
Gang Reduction and Community Engagement Project (GRACE Project)—The intent of the
GRACE Project is to improve human relations and reduce gang violence in the 204th
Street neighborhood of Los Angeles’ Harbor Gateway community and the Tortilla Flats
community of unincorporated Carson. GRACE staff members also work directly with
community residents to support their efforts to improve their neighborhoods and
quality of life. Gang interventionists and a community organizer are on daily “Safe
Passages” patrol to make sure students of all ages can travel safely between school
bus stops and their homes. The interventionists also engage known gang members to
keep the peace on the streets and often respond to acts of violence, thus preventing
retaliation and other hate action. The GRACE Project is a partnership between the
Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, Toberman Neighborhood Center, and
the Boys and Girls Club of the South Bay.
Community Re-Entry from Incarceration—In 1999 the Commission first began addressing
what has commonly become known as “the Cradle to Prison Pipeline” in the county
with its work on the SB 1095 initiative. L.A. County was one of five counties in
the state to pilot coordinated systems of support for youth transitioning from probation
camps back into their communities. Commission staff members have added their expertise
to Community and Senior Services’ WIA Branch to develop strategies, conduct research,
and produce reentry stakeholder summits throughout the County resulting in the U.S.
Department of Labor funded Youth & Young Adult Re-Entry Blueprint. The Commission
continues its reentry efforts to support the development of a permanent government/
community partnership and a countywide infrastructure to deliver a coordinated,
collaborative and leveraged system of support to youth and young adults coming home
from incarceration to their families, schools and communities.