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Community Outreach

The United States Attorney’s Office engages in community outreach to establish an ongoing dialogue with the public we serve and to work collaboratively to build safer communities. We seek to develop relationships with the residents, community groups, non-governmental organizations, local governments, educators, and vulnerable populations. We are committed to not only aggressively prosecuting those who violate the law, but also to understanding community needs and leading focused prevention and reentry efforts.

Goals

  • Expand violence prevention by partnering with community stakeholders to reach at-risk populations.

  • Strengthen enforcement efforts by addressing public safety concerns and developing community trust.

  • Support successful ex-offender reentry through targeted programs focusing on reintegration into communities.

Initiatives

Prevention Initiatives

  1. Booker T. Washington High School Street Law Program: Street Law lessons about practical legal issues for young people to learn their rights and responsibilities under the law.

  2. Community Outreach Forums: Forums that bring community and faith-based leaders, elected officials, second chance employers, volunteers, student leaders, and law enforcement partners together to discuss various outreach initiatives, challenges, gaps, and trends throughout the Northern District.

  3. Public Interest Outreach: An opportunity for community members and organizations to request the U.S. Attorney’s Office participation at local events and group meetings by completing an online Speaker Request form. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is particularly interested in enhancing relationships with the Arab, Muslim, and Sikh communities; Latino and Hispanic communities; LGBTQ community, and senior community.

  4. Rep Your City 8th Grade Essay Contest: An essay contest for 8th graders who feed into Booker T. Washington High School that promotes safe neighborhoods, crime prevention and academic development.

  5. Straight Talk Student Forum: Engages students in an open forum style discussion on violence topics related to their community. Students are referred to the program by school personnel and community partners. Topics of discussion may include Internet Safety, Crimes against Children, Teen Dating Violence, Victims and Witnesses of Crime, Human Trafficking, Pimps and Prostitution, Drug and Gun Violence, Gang Violence, Bullying, Career Choices, Life Skills for Success, Police and Community Relations, and other topics of interest to students.

Enforcement Initiatives

  1. Neighborhood Associations & Community Meetings: Provides an opportunity to increase community awareness about the U.S. Attorney’s role in outreach, such as the asset forfeiture initiative in VRO neighborhoods.

  2. Violent Repeat Offender (VRO) Initiatives: Provides an opportunity to raise awareness in the community about violent repeat offender prosecutions at local community meetings and events. Also allows community members to provide a Community Impact Statement describing how a particular violent crime or series of crimes have affected you and your community. This statement is submitted to the Court by VRO prosecutors to provide information that can assist the Court in making sentencing decisions about repeat offenders convicted of another crime(s).

Reentry Initiatives

  1. New Beginnings: THINK UP! Program: A collaborative of federal, state and local government agencies and community-based organizations that are fostering self-sufficiency for ex-offenders through access to programs and resources as a means to become productive citizens. New Beginnings initiatives include a job readiness program, second chance employer events, business clothing drives, and second chance job fairs.

  2. Reentry Program Partnerships: Partnerships with local organizations throughout the Northern District to attend speaking engagements and community forums geared toward promoting successful reentry and public safety.

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Project Safe Neighborhoods in the Northern District of Georgia uses data collection and analysis to design targeted strategies and interventions that flow directly from that research driven analysis. Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health is the strategy's research partner.

Atlanta Project Safe Neighborhoods concentrates on Atlanta Police Department (APD) gun crime hot spots. Presently in Atlanta, Project Safe Neighborhoods operates with prosecutors from the Atlanta City Solicitor's Office, the Fulton County District Attorney's office, and the United States Attorney's office, all of them coordinating their efforts. Project Safe Neighborhoods has funded prosecutors for the City of Atlanta and for Fulton County. These prosecutors work directly with a group of law enforcement officers, agents, and analysts from APD, the Atlanta Department of Corrections, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,& Firearms (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) evaluating data and intelligence and deciding upon interventions. A much larger group of collaborative partners works on overall enforcement strategies and broader interventions. This group is developing knowledge of the community, faith-based ministries, and service providers within the target beats and will develop intervention strategies that involve all of these groups.

Project Safe Neighborhoods will soon operate throughout the district. Prosecutors funded by Project Safe Neighborhoods will be in place in Cherokee County, Douglas County, Piedmont Judicial Circuit, and Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit.

 

Community Outreach Brochure

 

In Your Community

Loranzo Fleming, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Community Outreach Coordinator
75 Spring Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 581-6272
Email: Loranzo.Fleming@usdoj.gov


Danielle Sweat, Ph.D.
Community Outreach Specialist
75 Spring Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 581-4646
Email: Danielle.Sweat@usdoj.gov

 

 

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