Trainer: Rachel Levy, LMSW
Co-presented by: Arab American Association of New York and Bay Ridge for Social Justice

Hate crimes are on the rise in NYC, and locally in Bay Ridge there have been several incidents of harassment or aggression throughout the campaign season and post-elections. 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 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 situations. 

More about bystander intervention:

Bystander intervention involves a series of tools that can be consciously employed to defuse volatile situations. In this interactive workshop, bystander intervention and de-escalation will be presented in the context of harm reduction and self-defense. Participants will identify verbal and non-verbal techniques and tactics to de-escalate conflict. Participants will also learn the four Ds of bystander intervention – direct, distract, delay, and delegate. 

Suggested donation is $10 - donations will be collected at the session. 

Please note: this workshop is open to all, but space is extremely limited. You *must* RSVP via EventBrite in order to attend. We would like to prioritize Bay Ridge residents for this session - please note, additional sessions will be scheduled throughout the city at least weekly for the next few months. Contact if you would like to arrange a training in your institution or neighborhood.