Training: Unarmed Civilian Protection and Violence Interruption

Mon. Jan. 15th, 10:00-4:00 pm

Location: Pedro Arrupe Multipurpose Room

*Holiday: no classes; Lunch provided

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As part of the Martin Luther King Week, Georgetown University’s Program on Justice and Peace (JUPS) invites you to join us for a training in the skill of unarmed civilian protection. This skill is sometimes referred to as unarmed peacekeeping and we will learn its application in the context of peace team work and Cure Violence’s “violence interrupters” public health approach.

This workshop will be largely experiential and learning-by-doing. The skills learned can be applied in many facets of life, including university campus life scenarios, local community peacemaking (ex. Charlottesville protests or neighborhood shootings), and international conflicts.  

The co-facilitators will be Karen Volker, who is the Director of Strategic and International Partnerships for Cure Violence, overseeing programs in the West Bank and Syria; and Eli McCarthy, who is a Georgetown professor in Justice and Peace studies, past participant with Nonviolent Peaceforce in Palestine and present coordinator of the DC Peace Team.


·       An increased awareness of the theory (values, principles, theory of change) for unarmed civilian protection and preventing the contagious nature of violence

·       understanding and practicing how peace teams and violence interrupters use these methods, domestically and internationally

·       acquisition of skills to use on campus, in local community peacemaking, domestic events and international conflict zones

·       information on how to pursue involvement with domestic and international organizations engaged in developing this practice

The training is FREE and primarily for students, faculty, and staff members of Georgetown University and designed for 25 participants. Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants are asked to commit to the entire six-hour session.

How to Sign-Up: To sign up for the training, please REGISTER here. For questions or to register, contact Prof. Eli McCarthy at Please visit our website at:

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Monday, Jan. 8th to Eli McCarthy at A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests made after Jan.8th.

Monday, January 15 at 10:00am to 4:00pm

Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Hall, Multipurpose Room
37th and O St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

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