DHS Turning to Communities to Combat Violent Extremism

Member of military shaking hands of a civilian, with U.S. flag as backgroundThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking a different approach in combating violent extremism throughout the United States with increased cooperation with countering violent extremism (CVE) partners, titled “Department of Homeland Security Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism.”

Research on violent extremists demonstrates that members of ones community, such as parents, religious leaders,  and peers, are best able to recognize when an individual becomes radicalized, and intervene before he or she commits an act of ideologically-motivated violence.

The DHS is committed to assisting its CVE partners by providing logistical support, such as training, necessary information, and grants. Through this partnership, DHS empowers communities to recognize and resist violent extremism.

This strategy was developed in alignment with the 2016 White House Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States and in consultation with “DHS component leadership; interagency partners; State, local, tribal, and territorial governments; subject-matter experts; communities; the private sector; and other organizations with CVE interests.”

The goals of this strategy are to:

  1. Enhance understanding of the evolving violent extremism threat and develop effective ways to counter the threat
  2. Raise community awareness by disseminating information to community partners
  3. Support community-based efforts to counter violent extremism
  4. Enhance oversight and coordination of DHS CVE activities

For more information, please visit Domestic Terrorism: Extremism in the Featured Topics section of HSDL.