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Gun violence is taking a shockingly serious toll in Chicago. In one recent 36-hour period, 36 people were reported as injured from gun violence. This is simply unacceptable.

Across the city, people are coming together to find ways to address the city’s unique struggle with guns in the hands of dangerous people. To learn how to make Chicago’s communities safer, we need to better understand the city’s complex and lethal battle against gun violence.

The Law Center produced a recent event in which a panel of experts discussed Chicago’s battle against gun violence and the ways that people are working from the streets to the state capitol to push for lasting solutions to this deadly epidemic.

Our panel of experts and advocates working at the individual, city, and state levels helped to illuminate the unique set of challenges at play in Chicago and shared how we can win the fight to save lives.

Lives on the Line:
Dismantling Chicago’s Gun Violence Epidemic

May 9, 2014 | Noon – 1:30 PM
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 North LaSalle | Chicago

On the panel:
Janey Rountree, JD, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety for Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Colleen Daley, the Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV)
Nosheen Hydari, AMFT, a crisis therapist for the Emergency Services On-Call team at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)
Robyn Thomas, Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Find out more about the speakers below.


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Janey Rountree, JD, is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In her current role, she coordinates the city’s youth violence prevention strategy and is the liaison to Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management and the Independent Police Review Authority.  Prior to joining the Chicago mayor’s office in May 2013, Janey was the Firearms Policy Coordinator for New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Chief Operating Officer for the bipartisan coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns. While working for Mayor Bloomberg, Janey conducted national undercover investigations of illegal gun trafficking and wrote the Blueprint for Federal Gun Policy.  Prior to her service in government, Janey was a criminal defense lawyer and high school teacher.  Janey is a graduate of Duke Law School and Williams College and grew up in Hudson, Ohio.


Colleen Daley is the Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV), the oldest and largest statewide organization in the U.S. working to prevent the devastation caused by firearms. Having lost a childhood friend in a senseless shooting in Chicago, the experience has given her a deeper sense of purpose in her job.

Colleen has nearly 17 years of experience in political strategy, public policy, legislative affairs, media relations and resource management among large-scale government and nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she studied Journalism and Political Science.

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Nosheen Hydari, AMFT, is a Crisis Therapist for the Emergency Services On-Call team at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). C4 is a leading community mental health agency in Illinois, providing a comprehensive range of mental health services, crisis intervention and substance use treatment to more than 10,000 low-income children, adults, and families each year. In her role at C4, Nosheen provides crisis assessments for hundreds of children and adults in severe psychiatric distress, many of whom are victims and/or perpetrators of violent acts. She supports individuals and families by helping to de-escalate their psychological symptoms, offering an appropriate level of care in either psychiatric hospitals or outpatient therapy settings. Much of Chicago’s inner-city gun violence involves individuals and groups whose psychological distress has been overlooked. Nosheen’s role at C4 serves to battle the root cause of these overlooked problems by helping people access the appropriate resources they need to address their mental health challenges.

This April, Nosheen was selected as a 2014 White House Champion for Change for her role in gun violence prevention. Nosheen is a graduate of Northwestern University where she studied Marriage & Family Therapy at The Family Institute.

Robyn Thomas

Robyn Thomas is currently serving in her eighth year as the Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. A national non-profit organization founded by attorneys, the Law Center is focused on providing comprehensive legal research and expertise in support of smart gun laws that save lives.

Prior to her work with the Law Center, Robyn served as the Executive Director of the Tikkun Community and Tikkun Magazine and practiced law at Lord Bissell & Brook and Milberg Weiss Bershad & Shulman in New York.  She is a graduate of Duke University and University of Miami School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude.