Dr. Eunice Rendón, general coordinator of the project, “Knockout” don’t throw the towel, was part of our weekly press conference in order to share results and impact of the program developed in association with the WBC, which has been active for more than 9 years producing amazing results
Doctor Rendom explained that this initiative aims to develop social, psychological and labor tools to allow inmates to reintegrate into society once they are released from prison, as well as reduce the levels of violence at an individual, family and community level, with two main components: sports practice and psycho-emotional therapy.
Dr. Rendón spoke about how important it is to work with the most vulnerable community and thanked in a very special way the WBC as the organization always trusted on this initiative.
Dr. Eunice Rendón spoke about the actions related violence prevention, in a context in which one in four inmates is a usual offender, focusing the interventions on those who committed a crime, with the aim of not repeating a criminal act.
It has been proven that one of four inmates may commit a crime again due to the punishment model that prisons use, therefore the interest of working with this new reintegration model to produce new results.
She mentioned that schemes should be sought in order to contribute to social reintegration through comprehensive interventions that consider physical, psycho-emotional and social needs.
Regarding the obtained results for 9 years so far, she commented that the changes have been significant, since violent incidents have decreased, but also many people deprived of their liberty have successfully reincorporated into society.
Pablo, Ivan, Jose, Antonio, Omar and Luis, were part of the program and now they have left prison with a different perspective. All of them attended to Martes de Café to share their life stories stating how “Knockout: Do Not Throw the Towel” helped them not only to return to reality but to do it in a dignified way.
They all agreed that boxing was a key element, for being able to modify their behaviors as boxing it is a sport that allowed them to be more focused and disciplined. All of them thanked everyone who made their social reintegration possible, but especially Dr. Eunice.
Dr. Manuel Palma Rangel, undersecretary of penitentiary control of the State of Mexico stated this program is the best reintegration system and that the results are truly amazing.
He assured that we must change our way thinking and stop stigmatizing people because we all deserve a second chance.
For Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the WBC, these are the initiatives that feed the soul and make us see that the impossible does not exist.
Mauricio Sulaiman thanked Dr. Eunice as she is the real architect of making this to happen, he even named her “heroin” as despite the adversity, she has taken this program to the next level.
To conclude, he promised our guests to certify them as boxing trainers through the WBC University platform and to provide them with boxing equipment so that they can continue sharing their boxing knowledge.