Project Description

The hub for my research at UCLA, the Health and Social Justice Partnership originally emerged from three separate and interrelated efforts: (1) the collection of longitudinal life histories at Homeboy Industries and other gang intervention/youth development programs; (2) the creation of a Storybank for the World Health Organization; and (3) expert testimony for death penalty plea mitigation and habeas corpus cases that relied on extensive social and life histories.

Since its inception in 2010, the database of longitudinal case histories has grown substantively and is now a partner organization in the United Nations World Health Organization Violence Prevention Alliance. As part of this effort, I am also focusing on a comparative sample of system-involved youth in Scotland.

Furthermore, the work of the UCLA Health and Social Justice Partnership engages undergraduate and graduate students at UCLA in community-based research.