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USAID Jamaica - Ruben, Violence Interrupter

USAID JAMAICA - RUBEN THE VIOLENCE INTERRUPTOR

Date: 2015 · Country: Jamaica · Video / Photos: Thomas Cristofoletti · Client: USAID


In May 2016, Thomas Cristofoletti had the opportunity to travel to Jamaica on assignment for USAID to tell the story of Ruben, a former notorious gangster from the infamous Canterbury neighborhood of Montego Bay. 

Today he works as a violence interrupter – preventing shootings and homicides in his community through a program supported by the Government of Jamaica. “Kids look up to me,” he says. “Because first I was part of the problem, now I’m the solution.”