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Safety is Not Just the Absence of Crime, But Also the Positive Presence of Institutions

As interim CEO of KISRA, I share the horror of the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd - just a few among too many.


Words cannot express the profundity of hurt that we as an agency feel for the loss of each one. The murder of George Floyd - and so many others before him - is particularly disturbing by the fact that it came at the hands of someone who was vested with the power and responsibility to enforce laws and protect and serve the community.


As an agency that focuses on championing positive community change, these

egregious acts starkly contradict everything that we as an agency stand for. We are an agency that advances second chances and believe that all people have the right to safety.


KISRA believes that safety is not just the absence of crime, but also the positive presence of institutions that people can trust to have their best interests at heart. We believe everyone deserves to live in a society that minimizes harm and maximizes well-being.


KISRA is committed to using our services and platforms to oppose racism and racial biases. We are committed to creating positive community change with programs that rise to the highest ideals of our nations preamble.


The winds of our compassion were momentarily abated by the horrific occurrences we witnessed, but the embers of our mission have been intensified. KISRA stands with the nation in grieving the deaths of every victim. We extend our condolences to the Taylor, Arbury and Floyd families and remain committed to advancing equality through our work.


Mr. Mike Jones, Interim CEO

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