What is the Free Radicals Project?


"See the child, not the monster." —Christian Picciolini

Free Radicals Project is uniquely positioned to assist with community empowerment and outreach work with communities and individuals who are currently engaged, as well as those who have disengaged from, violence-based extremism. Free Radicals Project is a global disengagement platform that aids individuals, and their families or communities, in exiting hateful and violence-based radicalization through non-aggressive, community-led methods of individual resiliency-building, reconnection, cross-cultural immersion, and making amends. The staff have decades of personal and professional experience in all forms of violence-based extremism, both working with, and amongst, radicalized individuals.

Christian Picciolini is a world-renowned leader in the field of extremism intervention, prevention, and disengagement.  He trains government and law enforcements agencies throughout the world in the most effective approaches to countering violence- and hate-based movements. Picciolini was recently appointed by the Cook County of Illinois United States Attorney's Office to perform the U.S.'s first court-mandated "intervention" of a hate crime perpetrator. He helped launch exit programs in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Slovakia.

Picciolini has both the experience of being a former violent extremist and of working in the intervention and disengagement space for twenty-plus years.  His skillset in regards to understanding and applying data in this field of study and practice  is unparalleled. Picciolini is highly sought after for his knowledge, insight, and abilities in developing highly functional community-based counter-violence programs. There is no one positioned better to masterfully complete the work of this study.​


The Free Radicals Project, Inc. is an IL nonprofit and a federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization

Federal EIN: 82-5500307

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The Free Radicals Project is a global disengagement platform that aids individuals, and their families or communities, in exiting hateful and violence-based extremism through a non-aggressive, community-led approach of individual resilience-building, reconnection, cross-cultural immersion, and making amends.

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Free Radicals Project, Inc. is a federally registered 501(c)(3) Illinois nonprofit organization (EIN: 82-5500307)