The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the White House recently released guidance on countering violent extremism (CVE). DHS released its plan on October 31, while the White House released their guidance earlier in October. The two documents focus on CVE efforts inside the United States.
The White House CVE plan replaces the previous CVE plan from 2011, and “responds to the current dynamics of violent extremism and reflects experiences and knowledge acquired over the last five years.” The CVE plan addresses all forms of violent extremism and involves non-government partnerships. The White House plan also provides information on the purpose and background of the interagency CVE Task Force, whose mission is to: (1) synchronize and integrate whole-of-government CVE programs and activities; (2) conduct ongoing strategic planning; and (3) assess and evaluate CVE efforts.
DHS partners with the Department of Justice in their CVE efforts, and will work with a variety of federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as law enforcement, academia, social services, and the public sector. The DHS CVE plan is closely aligned to the White House plan, and lays out four guiding principles regarding the motives of violent extremists, CVE prevention, and civil liberties and privacy. The DHS plan also stipulates that DHS will collaborate with the CVE Task Force.
The CVE plans state that intelligence and law enformcement investigations are not part of CVE activities.
For more information on the CVE guidance, please follow the links below.
Homeland Security’s Revised Anti-Extremism Plan Draws Mixed Reviews, Government Executive
Department of Homeland Security Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism, Department of Homeland Security
Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States, White House