DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO SPONSOR HATE CRIMES TRAINING CONFERENCE

May 13, 2011

– SPEAKERS INCLUDE ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR CIVIL RIGHTS THOMAS PEREZ

WHO: Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez, U.S. Attorney John Walsh, Aurora Chief of Police Dan Oates, along with other local and state community members and law enforcement officers

WHAT: Will discuss the Department of Justice’s Hate Crimes enforcement efforts, including under the new Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, and present information about specific hate crimes that were successfully investigated and prosecuted. The day-long conference, geared towards training federal, state and local law enforcement, and community stakeholders, regarding the new law, will feature the Sheriff who investigated the death of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming, the Boulder police officers and prosecutors who successfully prosecuted two hate crimes, and a community panel where members of various interest groups will discuss the challenges their communities face regarding hate crimes.

WHEN: Monday, May 16, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.

NOTE: ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL THOMAS PEREZ WILL SPEAK AT 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Aurora Municipal Center

15151 East Alameda Parkway

Aurora, Colorado

For additional information, don’t hesitate to call Jeff Dorschner at 303-454-0243. Please RSVP if interested.

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