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December 02nd 2015:Jumped In: Lessons on Gangs and Healing

In this episode we will be visiting with a national and international expert on crisis intervention who, despite travel to war zones across the globe, has wound up studying, and experiencing first hand, gang life in Los Angeles. She will share her expertise on what it takes to move on from gang life- especially understanding what is in someone’s heart and teaching them how to build a new identity. Also, Dr. Jorja Leap will be discussing her research with Homeboys Industry; her recent book about the importance of fathers in the community; and her newest work is on issues of women, gangs, and tr

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Dr. Jorja Leap

Jorja Leap, Ph.D., MSW has been a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs since 1992. As an anthropologist expert in gangs, violence, and trauma, she has worked both nationally and internationally in violent and post-war settings all of her career. Dr. Leap applies a multi-disciplinary, community-based approach to her research and developmental efforts. Her current work focuses on gangs and youth development in multi-cultural settings, criminal justice and prison reform, and the dilemmas faced by individuals reentering society after incarceration, including women, a group often overlooked. She is also the Executive Director, Health and Social
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