Welcome to the Targeted Violence Prevention Program

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority’s Targeted Violence Prevention Program (TVPP) uses a public health approach to preventing ideologically inspired targeted violence. TVPP works with interested communities in building and sustaining community-level programs that can prevent individuals from being recruited to commit ideologically inspired targeted violence, and to help off-ramp individuals who have begun down the path ideologically inspired targeted violence but have not yet committed a crime.

Ideologically inspired targeted violence is a low frequency/high impact crime. Whether it takes the form of domestic terrorism or violent hate crimes, it is a scourge on our society, and it strains the healthy social cohesion essential to our diverse communities.

Illinois is home to 23 active hate groups, and in 2014 there have were 131 cases of hate crimes in the state. Of those, 101 were cases of intimidation, assault and aggravated assault. Between March 2014 and April 2016 there were 5 individuals from Illinois charged with ISIS-related offenses.

News & Updates

Fall Lunch & Learn

Bring your lunch and join us for a presentation: Good Practices in Community Engagement: A Homeland Security Perspective

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

ICJIA Headquarters
300 West Adams Street
2nd Floor Building Conference Room
Chicago, Illinois

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed sophisticated mechanisms for community engagement, including many best practices to ensure productive communication and dialogue both with the community and within the federal government.

Kareem Shora, Community Engagement Section Chief of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will discuss DHS’s longstanding engagement efforts, especially through the Office for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, leading to sustained, substantive, and comprehensive engagement with diverse domestic communities.

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Hosted by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Targeted Violence Prevention Program

Questions? Contact Junaid Afeef: Junaid.Afeef@Illinois.gov

CHICAGO—June 29, 2017. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Executive Director John Maki today announced confirmation of a $187,877 grant award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to support efforts of the Targeted Violence Prevention Program.

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University of Chicago researchers are using technology to better understand how the propaganda in martyr videos of the so-called Islamic State impacts viewer brain function.


The Illinois Targeted Violence Prevention Program offers a public health approach to engaging communities in the prevention of violence motivated or inspired by political, social, religious, or personal ideologies.


Dr. Megan Alderden, Director of Research at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority’s Research & Analysis Unit, will be serving on a panel to discuss prevention techniques aimed at reducing the opportunities for recruitment of vulnerable individuals in the community to ideologically inspired targeted violence at the College of Dupage’s Homeland Security Training Institute’s “Countering Violent Extremism” symposium. Dr. Alderden will share information and insights from ICJIA’s Targeted Violence Prevention Program work in Illinois. Dr. Alderden will be joined by Dr. Jennifer Hesterman (Colonel, USAF, retired) who is an expert on the terror-crime nexus, and Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, CEO of Valens Global, a private company that consults on counterterrorism. The event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Attendees may participate in person or via a live online webcast.

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 10am to 3pm
Location: College of DuPage, Homeland Education Center, 425 Fawell Road, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority’s Targeted Violence Prevention Program (ICJIA-TVPP) will develop and deliver a bystander-gatekeeper training program to educate a broad cross-section of communities on how to help off-ramp individuals who exhibit warning signs of radicalization to violence as well as those who exhibit behaviors signifying they may be in the early stages of planning an act of ideologically inspired targeted violence.


CHICAGO—January 13, 2017. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Executive Director John Maki today announced a $187,877 grant award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to support efforts of the Targeted Violence Prevention Program.

View the press release

This rapid-response initiative of the Open Society Foundations aims to support, protect, and empower those who are targets of hateful acts and rhetoric. The initiative is designed to bolster communities’ ability to resist the spread of hate and strengthen protections for their most vulnerable neighbors.


In December, 2015, Congress passed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2016(Public Law 114-113). Sec. 543 of the Act and the accompanying Joint Explanatory Statement provided $10 million for a “countering violent extremism (CVE) initiative to help states and local communities prepare for, prevent, and respond to emergent threats from violent extremism.”

The Department of Homeland Security issued a notice of funding opportunity on July 6, 2016 announcing the new Countering Violent Extremism Grant Program, the first federal grant funding available to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and institutions of higher education to carry out countering violent extremism programs.

These new grants will provide state, local and tribal partners and community groups—religious groups, mental health and social service providers, educators and other NGOs—with the ability to build prevention programs that address the root causes of violent extremism and deter individuals who may already be radicalizing to violence.

This initiative builds on Secretary Johnson’s September 2015 announcement of the creation of the Office for Community Partnerships. This Office has worked to take the Department’s CVE mission to the next level and find innovative ways to support local communities and address the evolving threat environment. This grant program supports that line of effort.

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Click here to apply for the Fiscal Year 2016 Countering Violent Extremism Grant Program >>

SAVE THE DATE! TUITION FREE! This training is a part of the Illinois School and Campus Safety Program offered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute. Participants will gain an enhanced understanding and ability to identify persons exhibiting threatening or aberrant behaviors, evaluate the risk of threat, and provide appropriate interventions and case management strategies to reduce the risk of violence.

For more information please contact Program Manager Robert Elliott at (309) 298-2646 or email schoolsafety@iletsbei.com.

East Aurora School
District #131
417 Fifth Street
Aurora, IL 60505

8:00am – 4:00pm


This document was prepared under a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Grant Program Directorate (FEMA/GPD) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Points of view or opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of FEMA/GPD, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or the State of Illinois.