New Orleans’ Group Violence Reduction Strategy team, a core element of Mayor Landrieu’s NOLA FOR LIFE initiative and Stop the Shootings Pillar, has both saved lives in New Orleans and made a major national statement about what this work can mean and how to do it well. The strategy has brought together law enforcement and communities to focus on the groups in New Orleans at highest risk for violent victimization and offending, give them prior notice about the legal consequences of further violence, communicate the community’s intolerance for violence, and offer help to keep them alive and out of prison. It created the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, which has become a national model for rapid, effective investigation and prosecution of violent groups. On the social service side, the city has shown real innovation in meeting the very special needs of those most at risk for both offending and victimization. And there’s no question that the strategy is working: a recent study shows that GVRS has led to a 32% decrease in group member-involved homicides and a 17% drop in homicides overall.4 NOLA FOR LIFE, and the GVRS work in particular, are proof that there’s a way forward, even in a city as challenging as New Orleans, and I’m deeply proud to be a part of this effort.