Victim Services Supervisor, Back of the Yards and West Garfield Park
Carlos Colon is one of Nonviolence Chicago’s Victim Services Supervisors. He oversees teams in the Back of the Yards and West Garfield Park neighborhoods. Carlos was a victim of gun violence many years ago. When he was just 20 years old, he was shot multiple times by a rival street organization. Because Carlos chose to react with violence, he spent many years in jail. There, Carlos decided to change his future and focus on his education. He earned a construction certification and his associates degree. Carlos came to Nonviolence Chicago in 2018 as a Reentry Case Manager. He then transitioned to a Victim Advocate and was quickly promoted to a Supervisor. He now uses his lived experience to bring peace to the city and support other victims of violence and their families. Carlos currently lives on the West side of Chicago with his wife. Together they share four children. Carlos is motivated to do all he can to prevent violence and reduce recidivism rates. He aspires to earn his bachelor’s degree in social services so he can further his professional career with Nonviolence Chicago.