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U.S. Attorney's Office Hosts Fourth Community Event as Part of DOJ's United Against Hate Initiative

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona held its fourth United Against Hate event on Wednesday at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event provided an opportunity for an informative and robust discussion with leaders from Arizona’s Jewish community. Over 150 invited guests, including community members, local leaders, and law enforcement, were in attendance. The event focused on establishing a dialogue between the community and law enforcement and on increasing community understanding and reporting of hate crimes and hate incidents.

“We remain committed to investigating and pursuing charges against those who induce fear and trauma through acts of hate directed at our fellow citizens based on their religious beliefs,” said United States Attorney Gary Restaino.  “We are appreciative of the Jewish community and its leaders for convening with us, and thankful most of all for the energetic participation of many students from Arizona State University: they are our next generation of leaders and a critical voice in the community.”

Wednesday’s event featured a panel discussion among community leaders, local law enforcement, and the U.S. Attorney. The discussion allowed attendees to hear directly from members of the local Jewish community, who shared their thoughts, concerns, and experiences with hate crimes and hate incidents.

This fourth United Against Hate event follows similar meetings between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and leaders of Arizona’s African American, LGBTQ+, and Hispanic communities. The District of Arizona will hold additional United Against Hate events in the coming months to engage with communities across the state. These events will further encourage collaboration, support hate crimes prevention efforts, and encourage more Arizonans to report hate crimes and hate incidents.

RELEASE NUMBER:    2024-021_United Against Hate Event

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Zach J. Stoebe
Telephone: (602) 514-7413

Updated February 23, 2024

Hate Crimes
Community Outreach
Press Release Number: 2024-021_United Against Hate Event