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May 9, 2011

Training Aimed at Promoting Cultural Understanding of Arab, Muslim, and Sikh American Communities to Enhance Law Enforcement Effectiveness

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, announced that on Friday, May 6, 2011, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida hosted a law enforcement training conference aimed at enhancing law enforcement officers’ cultural competence and sensitivity on issues involving the Arab, Muslim and Sikh American communities to further promote law enforcement effectiveness in serving South Florida’s diverse community.

Approximately 65 agents and officers from more than two dozen federal, state and local law enforcement agencies attended the half-day training conference, which was co-sponsored by the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, Connecting Cultures, Inc., the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Broward College. The training conference was held at Broward College Central Campus, located in Davie, FL.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, gave opening remarks at the training conference. He stated, “We are here today to build bridges and to promote cooperation and understanding with the Arab, Muslim and Sikh American communities in South Florida, with whom we share the goals of protecting our common values, including respect for civil liberties, diversity, religious freedom, and our common security.”

Law enforcement training is just one way that the Justice Department is building stronger relationships with Arab and Muslim-American communities. Community outreach is another. In this context, U.S. Attorney Ferrer attended a community appreciation dinner, hosted by the Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations (COSMOS) on February 5, 2011. Subsequently, on February 23, 2011, U.S. Attorney Ferrer and Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Tom Perez met with religious and civic leaders at the Miami Gardens Mosque to discuss issues of mutual concern and to foster closer working relationships and lines of communication. The goal of these events is to build trusting and collaborative relationships with South Florida’s Arab, Muslim and Sikh communities.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

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