Lakeesha Eure, LCSW

Lakeesha Eure, LCSW

Director of the Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery
City of Newark, NJ

Lakeesha Eure was born and raised in the City of Newark NJ. After attending college and becoming a Masters Level Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she came back to Newark and was committed to work in the community that produced her. She has over 20 years of Social Work experience which includes working with the at-risk population of youth and adults who are in Justice System and Social Welfare System. She works with various populations of individuals who are homeless, incarcerated, unemployed, mental health disorders, substance abuse issues, and crime victims. Lakeesha is a community based therapist who specializes in Trauma, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Community Violence.

Lakeesha is a founder of Beta Kappa Sigma Black and Latina Sorority Incorporated which was founded at Ramapo College and Kean University in New Jersey on June 20, 2001. The organization has expanded to other college campuses and she works diligently to teach young women about culture, achievement and excellence. She does Social Justice Workshops, lectures and panel discussions on college campuses throughout the State. For the past 2 years, she coordinated Alternative Spring Break for Howard University students to come to Newark to perform community service for 7 days.

Lakeesha is the Chairwoman of the Newark Antiviolence Coalition which was founded in 2009 to protest against the senseless violence plaguing the City of Newark. Under her leadership, the organization has thrived as a cornerstone in the community. NAVC have raised awareness in the community and protested violence for over 200 weeks through rain, sleet and snow. The Newark Antiviolence Coalition (NAVC) serves as a support to families who are victims of violence, they educate the community on ways to decrease the violence, assist families on ways advocate for themselves and their families against the perpetrators, assist with mediating and interrupting potential violence. NAVC promotes awareness in the schools, detention centers, college campuses, courts, hospitals and the community.

Lakeesha has been appointed as the first Director of the Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery for the City of Newark. She is developing strategies to implement public health and community based public safety initiatives to continue to decrease crime and violence in the City of Newark. She works tirelessly to create alternatives to policing and she is dedicated to community policing and police reform efforts. As a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California, she looks forward to utilizing her research and evaluation skills to assist community based organizations and city government to be collect data and change the narrative.

Lakeesha has been dedicated and committed community activist and organizer over the past 20 years. She has organized rallies, protests, town hall meetings, panel discussions, study groups, coalitions, commissions, support groups, and prayer vigils throughout the state of NJ. Lakeesha has participated and organized Community Engagement walks with the City of Newark Police department and worked tirelessly to decrease crime and violence. She works to foster a sense of Community Wellness by promoting community collaboration from all levels including city council members, clergy, business owners, community leaders and the perpetrators and victims of crime and violence. She is a major advocate of community policing and accountability. She has fully supported the City of Newark having a Civilian Complaint Review Board. Lakeesha wholeheartedly believes that every resident should be able to have a happy, healthy, and fulfilling quality of life. While Lakeesha is a well -known face in the community, she works aggressively to make a meaningful contribution locally, nationally and internationally to the community at large. She exemplifies a true public servant of the people!

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