Violence Interrupter, The Interrupters
Eddie Bocanegra works for CeaseFire out of the University of Illinois at Chicago. While his chief objective is conflict resolution, Bocanegra specializes in high-risk mediation and intervention with youth living on the southwest side of Chicago. His responsibilities at CeaseFire include mentoring, court advocacy, and developing programming to promote rehabilitation services in the Latino community. He gives workshops on violence prevention, gang awareness, conflict resolution, and issues of juvenile justice. In addition to his work with CeaseFire, he is an accomplished artist and participates in various art initiatives within the Latino community. He volunteers with Urban Life Skills, a mentoring program for high-risk youth. Bocanegra is currently completing his degree in social work at Northeastern Illinois University and plans to pursue a doctorate.