The purpose of the Diverse Community Outreach is to increase and improve communication and collaboration between the community and law enforcement. Faith-based community members and Consulate Offices are invited and participate in the initiative. Issues discussed at the Diverse Community Outreach meetings include human trafficking; hate crimes and civil rights; immigration; labor; cultural competency; national security; and crime prevention.
The U.S. Attorney held initial meetings in March 2011, in Guam and in Saipan, NMI, to meet with the various pastors of different faiths, consuls general and law enforcement representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations Unit and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Unit; the Department of Interiors NMI Ombudsmans Office and the Guam Police Department.
The objective of the outreach was to provide a forum to discuss crime prevention, civil rights and immigration issues, and to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and our community.
The outreach was well-received, with positive comments from the attendees on the benefits of having this group roundtable meeting and has led to a consensus of initially meeting monthly and eventually evolve to a quarterly meeting, to continue the dialogue between our faith-based organizations and consuls general and law enforcement agencies.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office continues to invite our diverse community partners to meetings, community outreach events and any applicable training opportunities.