- 12 March 2019
A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence’s website.
Violent radicalization is a troubling phenomenon. It is a serious social issue that poses a threat to our personal safety and our ability to live together peacefully as a pluralistic society. All acts of radical violence, no matter how dramatic they may or may not be, erode public confidence and destroy our collective ties. Innovative, comprehensive, and sustainable solutions are essential to ensure all members of society are able to play an active role in our communal efforts to fight and prevent such acts.
It was out of this vital need that the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV), the only one of its kind in North America, was born. Located in Montréal, Quebec, the Centre is a testimony to the public will to live together in harmony in a diverse social environment capable of respectful coexistence.
With this in mind, the CPRLV set as its primary mission the prevention of radicalization leading to violence and the provision of support to those affected, directly or indirectly, by the phenomenon. To fulfil its mandate, the CPRLV: works in partnership with community workers and organizations together with a broad range of institutions; develops specialized expertise and shares its knowledge and practical know-how; and monitors social changes linked to radicalization. The Centre is able to count on a professional, multidisciplinary team for the development and implementation of prevention strategies in the field, overseeing intervention, and the establishment of the necessary structures to ensure an efficient response to incidents involving radicalization.
This pooling of resources, knowledge and skills makes possible the belief in social togetherness sustained by a collective effort in which all members of society, irrespective of role or status, play a part in safeguarding mutual trust and the ideal of a dynamic, thriving society.
Herman Deparice-Okomba, Ph. D.
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