Community Outreach

The U.S. Attorney’s Office engages in a number of community outreach opportunities in order to establish an ongoing dialogue with the public we serve. By providing speakers, organizing and attending meetings, and planning or participating in specialized programs and events, we are better able to address the public safety concerns of those we serve while enhancing community trust.

 

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag AT Youth Intervention Network Luncheon Forum

 

US Attorney Melinda Haag joins leaders in youth violence prevention in Antioch, California after her keynote address before the Youth Intervention Network Luncheon Forum “Preventing Bullying & Reconnecting Our Youth – Cultivating Healthy Families, Safe Schools, and a Flourishing Community.”  From left to right: Nick Wigmore, Antioch Unified Board President Joy Motts, YIN co-founder Iris Archuleta, YIN co-founder and YIN Board President Keith Archuleta, Karena Melton, US Attorney Melinda Haag, Antioch Police Chief and YIN Board Treasurer Allan Cantando, retired Antioch Police Chief Jim Hyde, Antioch Unified Superintendent of Schools Don Gill, and Antioch City Councilwoman Monica Wilson.  Antioch Mayor Wade Harper and Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover were also part of the luncheon but not pictured.
US Attorney Melinda Haag joins leaders in youth violence prevention in Antioch, California after her keynote address before the Youth Intervention Network Luncheon Forum “Preventing Bullying & Reconnecting Our Youth – Cultivating Healthy Families, Safe Schools, and a Flourishing Community.” From left to right: Nick Wigmore, Antioch Unified Board President Joy Motts, YIN co-founder Iris Archuleta, YIN co-founder and YIN Board President Keith Archuleta, Karena Melton, US Attorney Melinda Haag, Antioch Police Chief and YIN Board Treasurer Allan Cantando, retired Antioch Police Chief Jim Hyde, Antioch Unified Superintendent of Schools Don Gill, and Antioch City Councilwoman Monica Wilson. Antioch Mayor Wade Harper and Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover were also part of the luncheon but not pictured.

The Youth Intervention Network (YIN) engages youth in Antioch and East Contra Costa County, ages 10 through 18 who, because they are truant and/or academically disengaged are likely to commit or become victims of violence without the appropriate interventions. 

YIN recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers to serve as mediators and educational advocates who directly engage youth and families, employing cross-agency strategies to reduce truancy, dropout rates, and youth violence and to increase academic performance, graduation, healthy choices and relationships, peer mediation and leadership, employability, and college-going rates among youth.

Since 2008, YIN has trained over 250 youth and adult leaders and volunteers, served over 50 families and 90 youth, and brought together more than 35 Antioch and Contra Costa County agencies and organizations.

Among youth and families served, there has been a 92% reduction in police calls for service, an 83% reduction in truancy, and an improvement in student GPA by an average of 2 grade points. Ninety percent of the students participating in YIN have graduated from high school. Of these, 100% have gone on to postsecondary education. 

YIN was recently featured at the opening celebration of the United Nations Peace University at the Hague in the Netherlands.  Also, YIN’s success has been recognized in local, state and national awards, including the US Depratment of Justice National Project Safe Neighborhoods Best Community Involvement Award for 2010.

YIN was a multi-year recipient of Project Safe Neighborhoods grants in 2008, 2009 and 2010. 

To learn more about YIN, please consult the website www.antiochyin.com.

 

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag AT NAACP East County Gala

 

After speaking about Civil Rights to a group at the NAACP East County Gala, United States Attorney Melinda Haag poses for a picture with Odessa Lefrancois, the organization’s president.  U.S. Attorney Haag was the Keynote speaker at the Gala, which was held on April 21, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord, Calif.
After speaking about Civil Rights to a group at the NAACP East County Gala, United States Attorney Melinda Haag poses for a picture with Odessa Lefrancois, the organization’s president.  U.S. Attorney Haag was the Keynote speaker at the Gala, which was held on April 21, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord, Calif.

 

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag Visits with Sikh Community Leaders at the Opening of the UNITED SIKHS Office in Fremont

In November 2011, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag attended the opening ceremony of UNITED SIKHS' Western Regional Office in Fremont, California. Many members of the organization and the Sikh Community were present to visit with the U.S. Attorney.

UNITED SIKHS is a U.N. affiliated international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy organization, aimed at empowering those in need, especially disadvantaged and minority communities across the world. The mission of the western regional office in Fremont is to help in empowering underprivileged communities in Northern California.

Jasdeep Malhi (standing), Harpreet Singh, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Associate Director of White House Office of Public Engagement D. Paul Monteiro, joined by others.
Jasdeep Malhi (standing), Harpreet Singh, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Associate Director of White House Office of Public Engagement D. Paul Monteiro, joined by others.
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag speaks to the audience at the opening of the United Sikhs in Fremont, California.
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag speaks to the audience at the opening of the United Sikhs in Fremont, California.
Jatinder Singh with U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.
Jatinder Singh with U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.

 

RECENT VISIT BY ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION TOM PEREZ

As part of the Northern District of California's (NDCA) ongoing outreach to the community, in October 2011, the NDCA hosted a meeting of civil rights leaders in the Bay Area for a roundtable discussion with Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Tom Perez. He was able to address a variety of issues ranging from bullying in schools to improving relationships with the Muslim, Sikh and South East Asian communities.

Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Tom Perez visits with Maha Elgenaidi, President of the Islamic Network Group (ING) and Michael Pappas, San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner
Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Tom Perez visits with Maha Elgenaidi, President of the Islamic Network Group (ING) and Michael Pappas, San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner.
US Attorney Melinda Haag and First Assistant US Attorney Brian Stretch, with Teresa Sparks, Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, Michael Sweet, President of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, and Michael Pappas, San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch, with Theresa Sparks, Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, Michael Sweet, President of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, and Michael Pappas, San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner.
Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Tom Perez and US Attorney Melinda Haag joined by Nancy Harris and Jamienne Studley
Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Tom Perez and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag joined by Jamienne Studley, President and CEO of Public Advocates and Nancy Harris, Board Member, San Francisco Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights.
Attorney Melinda Haag hosting the Bay Area civil rights leadership at the US Attorney’s office and welcoming Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Tom Perez
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag hosting the Bay Area civil rights leadership at the U.S. Attorney’s office and welcoming Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Tom Perez.

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