Family Responses to White Supremacist Extremism: Report to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
• Families often express some form of disapproval to relatives involved in white supremacist extremism (WSE);
• Expressions of disapproval are often limited to “staying out of trouble” or involve limited to no clearly defined intervention;
• Families fear “closing doors” will increase the likelihood they will push their relative away;
• Families rarely seek out formal assistance from either governmental or non-governmental agencies;
• While nearly 34% of the sample received counseling during childhood and/or adolescence, none of those counseling sessions addressed WSE; the counseling focused exclusively on non-WSE issues (e.g., academic failure, generic delinquency, etc.).
Simi, Pete, Steven Windisch, Matthew DeMichele, Karyn Sporer, Amy Aghajanian, Nathan Dufour, Marisa Quezada, and Corinne Tam. 2021. “Family Responses to White Supremacist Extremism.” National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE).