Tuesday, November, 14, 2017

USC Global Summit on Homegrown Violent Extremism (HVE). Los Angeles

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USC Global Summit on Homegrown Violent Extremism (HVE)
SAVE THE DATE: November 14, 2017

Global HVE Summit


This intensive one-day summit at USC will convene counter terrorism experts, local and international city leaders, nonprofit leaders to develop a more informed, engaged, and prepared counterterrorism community ready to provide communities with best practices needed to enhance public safety by detecting and deterring homegrown violent extremist acts.


Orlando, Brussels, Paris, San Bernardino, Colorado Springs, Charleston.

These cities’ names, once synonymous with slogans like “the happiest place on earth,” now conjure up immediate images of tragedy, loss, and extreme violence. The common thread: homegrown violent extremism – in which local terrorists attacked innocent victims within their own communities. While motivations differ, including far right extremism, racial supremacy, religious zealots, and other ideologies, all of the attacks were committed by a local, homegrown terrorist.

Under the leadership of USC Price Professor of Practice and Director of Homegrown Violent Extremism, Erroll Southers, the summit will focus on three specific categories of homegrown violent extremism: racial, religious, and issue-oriented motivation(s) for incidents. Recognizing that the nature of each type of extremism poses unique and often complex threats to communities across the globe, the summit will convene leaders from major international cities to discuss homegrown violent extremist threats within their communities.


The summit will feature former extremists from around the globe including former neo-Nazis, Skinheads and former Jihadists, who will share insights, past beliefs, motivations, and on recruitment, radicalization and disengagement from what they call “the life.” Summit participants will examine case studies from cities that not only experienced a homegrown violent event in recent years, but also cities that have successfully thwarted such attacks, such as the successful Los Angeles response to the 2005 Jamiyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheed (JIS) plot to bomb Los Angeles synagogues, National Guard recruiting stations, the Israeli consulate, and the El Al ticket counter at the Los Angeles International Airport.


To inquire about support, please contact:
Melissa Bersofsky, Executive Director of Development