SEPTEMBER 19, 2003
CONTACT: Daryl Borgquist 202/305-2966

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) will sponsor an awareness and protocol seminar for 800 law enforcement officers, support service workers, local officials and community leaders from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region.

The seminar – focusing on Arab, Muslim, and Sikh awareness – will be held on September 25, 2003 at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium of Prince George’s Community College’s Queen Ann’s Fine Arts Building. Prince George’s Community College is located at 301 Largo Road in Largo, Maryland. The welcome will be open to the media. In addition, there will be press availabilities before the morning session and at 12:00 p.m. The training session and “train-the-trainer” seminar in the afternoon are open to registered participants only.

Remarks will be given by CRS Director Sharee M. Freeman, Prince George’s Community College President Dr. Ronald A. Williams, Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Paul J. McNulty, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Thomas M. DiBiagio and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Roscoe C. Howard”¦

This seminar, one of the largest in a series of educational “train the trainer” awareness and protocol seminars, are sponsored by CRS as a continuation of its efforts to address issues affecting Arab, Muslim, and Sikh populations in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Community dialogues, forums, cultural awareness and protocol seminars have been effective in defusing racial tensions towards members of those communities.

Community representatives from throughout the country will be attending this seminar. The cultural awareness presentations will be made by expert commentators of the Arab, Muslim, and Sikh communities…


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