Anthony Braga Honored for Work Against Violent Gang Crime in Boston

October 29, 2009
by Lindsay Hodges Anderson

Anthony Braga, Harvard Kennedy School adjunct lecturer in public policy, has been honored by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for his contributions to public safety and community partnering.

The awards were presented during a ceremony in Washington on Oct. 21.

Braga was among 12 people honored with the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Public Safety, recognizing outstanding achievement in the development and support of community partnerships designed to address public safety within a community. The recipients were selected for their work in tackling gang violence in Boston.

“This diverse group’s efforts serve as a model for community partnering. Faced with an alarming increase in gang-related violent crime that threatened the viability of several Boston neighborhoods, the team launched a collaborative two-year effort aimed at improving the quality of life for area residents,” stated the press release issued by DOJ.

Braga is Senior Research Associate in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. His research focuses on working with criminal justice agencies to develop strategic crime-prevention strategies to deal with urban problems such as firearms violence, street-level drug markets, and violent crime hot spots.

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