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The Safe Spaces Initiative: A Community-Led Approach to Combating Takfiri Violent Extremism in the United States

Am Mittwoch, den 06.05.2015 fand in Kooperation mit der US-Botschaft Berlin ein Pizzaseminar mit Herrn Alejandro J. Beutel statt. Herr Beutel hat zu folgendem  Themenkomplex referiert:

More than a dozen years after the horrific attacks of 9/11, criminal acts of violence perpetrated by individuals claiming to act in the name of Islam have become one of the most complex challenges confronting many parts of the world, including North America and Europe. Recognizing the opportunity to develop unique solutions to this issue, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, an American Muslim advocacy organization, created a program and toolkit to combat takfiri extremism and violence. This program, called the Safe Spaces Initiative, was developed and funded entirely by American Muslims, for American Muslim communities. Safe Spaces is centered on its "Prevention, Intervention, Ejection" (PIE) model that provides community-based social workers, mental health counselors, Imams, and others a framework to comprehensively address both the manifestations and root causes of violent extremism. It also gives communities a means by which they can proactively reach out and intervene in the lives of individuals who may be at-risk of engaging in acts of violence.

Alejandro J. Beutel is Researcher for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) at the University of Maryland – College Park's START research center. Mr. Beutel is also a research consultant, where he specializes in the study and analysis of American Muslim civic engagement, combating hate and extremism in the United States, and domestic CVE policy. In 2014 he was Policy Research and Engagement Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), an applied research think-tank specializing in the institutional and civic development of American Muslim communities. In this capacity he served as Co-Principal Investigator and Project Manager of ISPU's "Islamophobia: A Threat to All Study", a research initiative that empirically analyzes anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States and provides actionable solutions to effectively combat it. From 2009 to 2012 Mr. Beutel was the Government and Policy Analyst at the Washington, D.C. office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a faith-based advocacy organization, where he built strategic relationships with government agencies and authored several policy and issue publications. He has a Master of Public Policy from University of Maryland – College Park and a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Relations from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.