Bocanegra, now a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and faculty affiliate with the Great Cities Institute, is committed to making sure those people working to prevent shootings get more support than she gave her employee 10 years ago. To that end she just conducted a survey of about three dozen frontline Chicago anti-violence workers.
“I was so focused on making sure that we could continue to provide a service, to be in compliance with our grants, but also to help the community at a time when violence was surging, that I overlooked the wellness of that worker. And when they could no longer perform a task, they were let go,” Bocanegra said.
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