FBI, This Week: The Director’s Community Leadership Awards


April 20, 2018

Nearly 60 community leaders and organizations from across the country are recognized for their efforts to prevent crime and terrorism in America. Group Violence Intervention, co-founded by Martin Henderson, is one of those honorees.


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Mollie Halpern: Nearly 60 community leaders and organizations from across the country are recognized for their efforts to prevent crime and terrorism in America.

Martin Henderson, of San Antonio, accepted the 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award on behalf of Group Violence Intervention.

The non-profit—which he and a partner launched—helped to reduce the number of murders and assaults in the neighborhoods where it was active in 2017.

Henderson turned away from a life of crime.

Martin Henderson: From 19 to 24, I spent time in prison, and that was my aha! moment. I realized that the goal is for our children to be better than us, and I wasn’t on the right path at that moment of ensuring that my children would have a better life than me.

Halpern: The Director’s Community Leadership Award was formally created in 1990 and is an extension of the FBI’s community outreach program.

Unit Chief Paul Bresson…

Paul Bresson: It gives the FBI an opportunity to recognize our partners in these communities who are uniquely positioned to address the problems that plague their neighborhoods. Their selfless actions help support the FBI’s mission.

Halpern: Learn more at www.fbi.gov. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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