Active Bystander Intervention and De-Escalation Training
Sponsored by DC Peace Team:

Saturday, May 15th 10am-3pm (EDT). One hour break 12-1.

ONLINE: Zoom link shared after you complete registration in the confirmation message window which pops up after you complete this form and emailed to you about 24 hrs. before the session
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An active bystander training teaches effective skills for assessing, de-escalating, and diffusing a problematic situation, such as intimidation, harassment, abuse, physical violence, etc. Active bystander training focuses on a bystander observing a problematic situation and determining if and how to intervene. An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses a situation, but takes steps to speak up or step in to keep a situation from escalating or to disrupt a problematic situation. This training will also include tips on how to de-escalate a situation if you are being harassed, including drawing on aspects of nonviolent communication.

This is an interactive, participatory, beginner’s workshop designed for those that may have none to little prior studies of bystander intervention and de-escalation.


Payment is requested on a sliding scale. Please consider $45-$100 to help us continue this work and better serve the community. FREE for students. No one will be turned away for lack of payment and we welcome you either way.

For those who can, please submit payment today--; or checks can be written out to DC Peace Team and mailed to Eli McCarthy, 7305 Baylor Ave. College Park, MD 20740.

For questions contact Eli McCarthy at

Eliane Lakam is an experienced community organizer, policy analyst, and trainer who believes in the power of nonviolence and empathy in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes. She is passionate about co-creating communities that embody positive values such as compassion, empathy, and unity and co-building proactive frameworks for addressing issues related to racial justice, social justice, and the inclusion of women in peace and security. Her training sessions offer ways to cultivate daily habits for living a nonviolent life and are rooted in the characteristic of cura personalis and practices that restore the dignity and humanity of those affected by violence. Using an interactive, context-relevant pedagogy, she has trained individuals and groups of people from all backgrounds, including students, educators, youth and young adults, parents, community leaders, activists, and elected officials. She completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and her graduate studies at Harvard University.

Eli S. McCarthy, Ph.D. (he/his) is a co-founder of the DC Peace Team and has led numerous trainings. He also teaches at Georgetown University in Justice and Peace Studies.  Eli has published a book called “A Just Peace Ethic Primer: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence" (2020) along with numerous journal articles such as "Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: Toward a More Just U.S. Society," and "Will You Really Protect Us Without a Gun?: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping in the U.S." He has been formed by multiple trips to Haiti working with the poor, working with the homeless in Boston and DC, and monitoring the Palestinian Elections in 2006 with the Nonviolent Peaceforce. He has also led strategic nonviolent resistance campaigns, such as on issues of immigration.

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