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Hate crimes are on the rise in NYC, and locally in Queens there have been several incidents of harassment or aggression since the election. In times like these, it is important to know how to successfully and safely disrupt a hostile or aggressive situation you may witness, and to ensure your actions are more helpful than harmful. This introductory level workshop will also explore the role of race and gender during an intervention, and will help provide a space for participants to evaluate their role in high risk situation.

This training on bystander intervention and de-escalation presents tools you can use to defuse volatile situations. In this interactive workshop, bystander intervention and de-escalation will be presented in the context of self-defense and harm reduction. You will learn verbal and non-verbal techniques and tactics to de-escalate conflict, as well as the four Ds of bystander intervention – direct, distract, delay, and delegate. All of these tactics will be presented in tandem with the importance of larger scale community organizing. This course is donation-based, in order to facilitate more trainings. This training is meant to be a first step for a larger neighborhood defense initiative for those living in and around Queens.

A trainer from the Center for for Anti-Violence Education will provide the instruction. CAE develops and implements comprehensive violence prevention programs for individuals and organizations. Through a combination of education, physical empowerment, and leadership development, they provide underserved communities throughout the New York metropolitan area with skills to break cycles of violence.To find out more about their organization, visit

This training is made possible through the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY), which has secured funding to offer these trainings throughout the city, but funding is limited so, again, this course is donation-based. AAANY's mission is to support and empower the Arab Immigrant and Arab American community by providing services to help them adjust to their new home and become active members of society, and for families to achieve the ultimate goals of independence, productivity and stability. To learn more, visit