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Virtual – Perceptions – Exploring Gun Violence

Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


A presentation of the film Vice Special: DIY Gunshot Treatment on Chicago’s South Side

In Chicago, 3,457 people—including 246 children—were shot in 2017 alone.  What happens when the ambulance doesn’t get there fast enough and there aren’t enough hospitals and the police are not required to administer first aid? This documentary focuses on a grassroots community organization, known as Ujimaa Medics, that has stepped in to help combat these shortfalls. Uijimaa Medics trains local kids as young as 12 on how to treat gunshot wounds and how to manage crowds at the scene of a shooting.

The Moderator and the Panelists

The panel discussion is moderated by Michelle M. Garcia.  She is the Director of the D.C. Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, where she provides leadership and coordination of programs that serve victims of crime, justice-involved individuals, and youth at risk for truancy or juvenile delinquency. Previously she worked with the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime and as a Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of crime.

Dr. Mitchell is a board-certified Forensic Pathologist and serves as Professor and Chair of the Howard University Department of Pathology in the College of Medicine. He was the Chief Medical Examiner of Washington DC (2014-2020). He is a leader in the fight against gun violence and recently appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe discussing gun violence as a public health issue. Dr. Mitchell is an ordained minister at New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington DC.

Christina Files has been working on gun violence prevention (GVP) for six years. She is the Co-Chair of the DC Area Interfaith GVP Network and a member of the Washington National Cathedral’s GVP Mission. Her professional background is in communications, and she lived for many years in Asia and Africa.

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