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NCJ Number: 252138 Find in a Library
Title: Alleged Convergent Transnational Crimes in Somali-American Communities: A Qualitative Study of Risks and Practices
Author(s): Stevan Weine; Edna Erez; Chloe Polutnik
Corporate Author: University of Illinois at Chicago
United States of America
Date Published: September 2018
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60680
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2013-ZA-BX-0008
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Grants and Funding; Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Report (Summary); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document (Online); Factsheet
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This summary report outlines the findings, implications, and methodology of a study of risk and protective factors related to alleged violent extremism and trafficking in persons in Somali-American communities in the United States.
Abstract: This was a 3-year study that involved a review of public sources on the possible involvement of Somali-Americans in violent extremism and trafficking in persons. Ethnographic interviews were conducted with Somali-American young adults (n=39), parents (n=21), community leaders and service providers (n=30), and criminal justice practitioners (n=26) in three American cities with Somali communities: Minneaplis-St. Paul, Minnesota; Columbus, Ohio; and Nashville, Tennessee. Qualitative data analyses were conducted, using Atlas/ti software and a grounded theory approach. The analyses indicate that transnational crimes such as violent extremism and trafficking in persons both involve common and selective risks and practices, which can be explained with a convergent risk and practices model informed by “push-and-pull” theory. Regarding violent extremism, the model describes selective “push” factors that include male identity and superiority; grievances against Somalis and Muslims; beliefs that the threat of violent extremism is negligible; stereotyping of Somalis and Muslims; and media stigmatization. Selective “pull” factors include Internet use and exposure; empowerment; extremist ideology; organizations that promote violent extremism; and social media. Regarding alleged trafficking in persons, the model describes selective “push” factors that include female inequality and lack of protection for female victims. Selective “pull” factors include financial rewards; criminal history and records; sex industry and persons who want to buy sex; and drug and alcohol procurement and use. The negative convergence of risks and practices occurs when the community and/or law enforcement practices combine to contribute to negative outcomes. This report recommends programs and policies that can replace the negative convergent practices identified. 1 figure
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; Immigrants/Aliens; Minnesota; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ grant-related documents; Ohio; Risk and Protective Factors; Tennessee; Terrorism causes; Trafficking in Persons
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