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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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U.S. Attorney’s Office Hosts Faith-Based Town Hall Meeting
- Thursday’s Event is Third in a Series to Promote Dialogue -
WASHINGTON - The public is invited to join U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., clergy leaders, police officials, and others from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for a faith-based town hall meeting on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at a church in Southwest Washington.
The program will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Friendship Baptist Church, 900 Delaware Avenue SW. It will feature a panel discussion highlighting the need for victims and witnesses to come forward with information about crimes in order to successfully prosecute criminals.
The panel will include U.S. Attorney Machen, leaders of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General, the Chairman of the First Police District’s Citizens Advisory Council, clergy members, a victim-witness advocate, and others from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A woman who lost family members to violence will provide a personal account of her own experience with the justice system.
The town hall meetings are a result of a partnership between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and faith-based leadership in the District of Columbia to encourage the community to become more involved in the criminal justice system in a variety of ways, including as witnesses and jurors. The town hall meetings provide residents with an opportunity to help the U.S. Attorney’s Office identify and address concerns and pressing issues in the community.
The Faith-Based Initiative was launched in September 2010 as part of a series of events sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office throughout the District of Columbia.