The Gun Violence Awareness Task Force Monumentum Project

by | Apr 16, 2021 | Gun Violence Awareness

Firearm injuries are the third leading cause of death of youth in the U.S. Recent events such as mass shootings in schools with high victim counts have received extensive media coverage; however, very little attention is paid to single victim incidents. Relatedly, recent conversations about monuments have sparked a national conversation about who gets memorialized. The Monumentum Project sheds light to these issues by employing Augmented Reality technology to create virtual memorial markers at specific public locations in the U.S., that memorialize children and teen victims of lethal firearm injuries. Join us on May 18 @ 7:00 pm to learn more about this effort.


Karissa PelletierKarissa Pelletier earned a Ph.D. from Arizona States University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her dissertation work examined firearm victimization among children and teens in 15 U.S. states. She earned her Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2017 also from Arizona State University. Her Master’s thesis, titled “Motivation to Kill: The Relationship Between Motive and Weapon Choice in Homicide,” focused on how motivation affects the selection of weapons by homicide offenders, and was published in Homicide Studies. Her research interests focus on violent crime, homicide, gun safety, firearm usage, and domestic violence. Her work has also appeared in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine and Primary Prevention. Dr. Pelletier will begin a Postdoctoral fellowship with the Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens Consortium (FACTS) in the fall.


Jesenia PizarroJesenia Pizarro, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in Arizona State University. Her research focuses on the situational factors that result in violence and the social reactions to violence. She is currently a member of FACTS and the Homicide Research Working Group (HRWG); and sits on the boards of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, The National Center for School Safety, and The Gun Violence Awareness Task Force of the Desert Southwest Conference. Dr. Pizarro has worked with various police departments and agencies throughout the country in joint efforts to curb violence in some of the most violent cities in the country (i.e., Detroit, MI; Flint, MI; and Newark, NJ), and has managed federally funded grants that focus on urban violence and intimate partner homicide prevention, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, The National Institute of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control in various capacities and roles. She has published over 50 articles, book chapters, and research reports and is the editor of Homicide Studies: An Interdisciplinary and International Journal.


Andres TorresAndres Torres-Vives, is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist whose films and work have played at numerous festivals and exhibitions. Along with being a Fulbright and Jacob K. Javits Fellow, Torres-Vives’ work has garnered significant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, along with multiple foundations and organizations. He has aired work for the BBC, PRI, and KCET Los Angeles and his last short film ISTINMA, opened the Native Cinema Showcase by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Along with his film work, Torres-Vives has worked extensively with marginalized and Native communities, including a full-gallery show at SPARC Gallery in Los Angeles of photography and video by incarcerated minors and a filmmaking residence at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota with the First Peoples Fund. He is currently leading a project involving augmented reality (AR) memorials for children killed by firearms and is a collaboration with engineering and criminology faculty and graduate students. Torres-Vives received his MFA in Directing and Producing from the UCLA School of Film and Television and is Head of the Film Directing Track at The Sidney Poitier New American Film School and Academic Director of Film Spark L.A. at Arizona State University (ASU).

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Author: Billie K. Fidlin

Billie K. Fidlin is the Director of Outreach & Justice for the Desert Southwest Conference. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and attended Claremont School of Theology for religious studies. Ms. Fidlin currently serves as the President of the Arizona Faith Network in her second term. She is President & Founder of Whisper n Thunder Inc., and sits on various boards including the Justa Center and the Phoenix Police Department's Faith Advisory Council. Her awards include the UM Foundation for Evangelism 2004 Distinguished Evangelist; 2016 Church Women United / United Nations Human Rights Award; 2018 Servant Leader Award AZ Faith Network; 2022 Southern Poverty Law Center Certificate of Recognition; and 2022-23 Class of Who's Who in America.
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