The McCain Institute Preventing Targeted Violence

“[We] must unite against hatred & bigotry.”
Senator John McCain, After the White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville, Va. 2017

Targeted violence and terrorism present a persistent threat within the United States. The FBI identified 2019 as the deadliest year for domestic extremist violence since the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. Moreover, more people have died in mass school shootings in the United States in the past 20 years than in the entire 20th century.

The McCain Institute’s Preventing Targeted Violence program develops action-based solutions to end targeted violence nationally and internationally. The McCain Institute collaborates with community stakeholders and industry leaders to develop actionable policy recommendations, build the capacity of local prevention practitioners, and foster innovation.

Peer-to-Peer participants at Johns Hopkins University conducted a “positive labels” video campaign that focused on replacing harmful stereotypes and labels with positive ones.


Preventing Targeted Violence Programmatic Areas

  • • Peer-to-Peer
  • • Empowering university students to address hate-based violence through the development and deployment of dynamic products, tools, and initiatives that produce measurable results

  • • In Fall 2020, nine teams competed in the Peer-to-Peer Protective Project. The top three teams were selected to compete in the final competition in January 2021.

  • • In Spring 2021, four universities throughout France will participate in a competition hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Paris

  • • Check out the Peer-to-Peer Protective Project Spring 2020 Finalists here

  • • Prevention Practitioners Network
  • • Building a national network of interdisciplinary professionals dedicated to addressing targeted and hate-based violence, and its impacts, within the United States

  • • A National Policy Blueprint to End White Supremacist Violence
  • • Partnering with the Center for American Progress (CAP) to develop and disseminate a comprehensive policy agenda to prevent white supremacist violence with bipartisan support.

  • • Invent2Prevent
  • • Challenging students at 25 universities across the country to develop, over the course of a semester, their own dynamic products, tools, or initiatives to prevent targeted violence and terrorism.

Brette Steele, Director, Preventing Targeted Violence gives expert testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties during the hearing, “Confronting White Supremacy: Adequacy of the Federal Response.”