GIFFORDS Releases Report on the Aftermath of the Uvalde Shooting
Washington DC — Today, GIFFORDS Law Center released The Uvalde Report: A Path Forward for a Community—and Nation—Struggling to Heal. Over the past year, several members of GIFFORDS Center for Violence Intervention have been working on the ground in Uvalde with community members and survivors. The goal of this project was to understand the ongoing needs of Uvalde community members following the shooting and to identify the resources, services, and other types of support necessary to help them recover.
Mike McLively, Policy Director, GIFFORDS Center for Violence Intervention:
“This past year we have been on the ground in Uvalde talking to community members and survivors of the mass shooting. There is a lot of work to be done in Uvalde, in Texas, and in the United States to help communities heal from and prevent gun violence. To the residents of Uvalde, we are incredibly grateful to you for welcoming us into your community during an incredibly challenging time and for sharing your experiences and grief with our team. We grieve alongside you, and sincerely hope this report will be a useful resource to support you in your ongoing journey of healing.”
The tragedy at Robb Elementary underscores the dire need for reforms at the local, state, and national levels. After speaking with Uvalde residents and national experts, GIFFORDS Center for Violence Intervention outlined the following recommendations to improve support for the community:
- Pass, Implement, and Improve Gun Safety Laws
- Expand Community-Based Programs and Services for At-Risk Youth and Young Adults
- Develop Long-Term Mental Health Services
- Address Structural Racism
- Reform Victim Compensation Systems
- Create Trauma-Informed Schools
GIFFORDS is committed to continue working with the people of Uvalde, and survivors of violence around the nation, to help move this work forward.
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