October 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
U.S. Attorney’s Office sponsors D.C. hate crimes forum
Prosecuting Hate: Looking At Hate/Bias Crimes in the District of Columbia, Reeves Center, gay news, Washington Blade

Reeves Building (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia is inviting D.C. residents, including members of the LGBT community, to participate in an upcoming forum called “Prosecuting Hate: Looking At Hate/Bias Crimes in the District of Columbia.”

The event is scheduled to take place Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the city’s Reeves Municipal Center building at 2000 14th St., N.W.

A flier announcing the forum says its aim is to bring together law enforcement officials and the community to gain a better understanding of issues surrounding hate crimes related to “race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression” and other categories, including homelessness and physical disability.

William Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said the event will consist of an official meeting of the U.S. Attorney’s Hate-Bias Task Force brought directly into the community.

“The Hate-Bias Task Force is a collaboration of agency and community partners in the District who focus on addressing the needs of the various affinity groups in the city combating hate-bias crimes,” Miller told the Washington Blade.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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