ATLANTA (CW69 News at 10) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has named a Clark-Atlanta University graduate to head up the city’s new “Office of Violent Reduction”, designed to coordinate violence reduction throughout the city.
Last July, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ Anti-Violence Advisory Council issued a set of recommendations to address the city’s ongoing problems with violent crime. These included the establishment of an Office of Violent Reduction designed to coordinate non-enforcement violence reduction throughout the city.
The mayor tapped Jaquel Clemons Moore to head up the office as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction, effective December 1.
“I am honored to join the City of Atlanta as its first Director of Violence Reduction. Combatting violence is a deeply personal issue for me, as it is for so many people across our great city,” Clemons Moore said. “I look forward to working hand-in-hand with our communities and stakeholders to implement evidence-informed, community-driven solutions to reduce interpersonal violence.”
She comes to the position from the public health arena, with more than 20 years of experience in the development of programs in that field. Her background includes work in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and care. In 2015, Clemons Moore became Chief Operating Officer and Interim Executive Director of Kings Against Violence Initiative, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In her role in Brooklyn, she developed and led the organization’s public health strategies that addressed violence and trauma in Brooklyn.
One of the priorities of the Mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction is the expansion of violence prevention programs. In March of 2021, Mayor Bottoms announced the City would utilize $5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to expand violence prevention programs.
The Cure Violence program model is an internationally renowned approach to violence prevention founded on the idea that violence is a learned behavior.
“Ensuring our city is a safe place for all is at the heart of our One Atlanta vision. The establishment of the Mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction and the expansion of violence prevention programs are key components of our strategies toward combatting rising crime,” Bottoms said.
Clemons Moore is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and earned her Master of Public Health degree at New York University.