Federal officials have held up Maryland’s community effort as a model for Minneapolis and two other cities that are hosting pilot projects to combat radical recruitment. The three Department of Justice-led programs have taken different approaches, and all have been met with some early pushback from residents:
• In Minneapolis, the project has steered public and private dollars toward mentoring, after-school and other engagement programs for young Somalis.
• In Boston, partners in the project have explored the possibility of an intervention program that would counsel young people off the path to radicalization.
• In Los Angeles, a focus of the effort is stepping up outreach by law enforcement to immigrant and minority communities.