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Community Engagement

Community engagement is a part of the Department of Justice’s comprehensive approach to fighting crime and protecting the rights and interests of the residents of Colorado.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado cares deeply about facilitating open and direct communication with the public we serve. We work closely with community groups, schools, and organizations across the state, participating in and hosting a variety of programs in the areas of civil rights, hate crimes prevention, community safety, gang violence prevention, community reentry, and countering violent extremism.

Please contact the office with questions, suggestions, or requests for guest speakers or trainings. All trainings are free, and language interpretation and disability accommodations are available upon request. For more information, email usaco.civilrights@usdoj.gov, or call 303-454-0100.
 

Trainings and Programs

Below is a sampling of programs regularly offered by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. All programs can be tailored to meet the needs of the requesting group or institution.

  • Know Your Civil Rights trainings, covering federal civil rights law and how to report discrimination in areas including housing, healthcare, and education.
     
  • Community Safety trainings, covering civil rights protections, hate crimes reporting, active shooter response, and other topics, as requested.
     
  • Protecting Houses of Worship events to train security personnel from diverse faith institutions on how to protect religious institutions and houses of worship from violence.
     
  • Community Awareness Briefings on violent extremism within the United States (covering all violent extremism groups, foreign and domestic).
     
  • Hate Crimes and Harassment in Colorado presentations, covering hate crimes statistics, legal protections, and how to report bias-motivated incidents.
     
  • Hate Crimes Mock Trial programs for middle and high school students, in collaboration with the Colorado Lawyers Committee.
     
  • Muslim and Sikh Cultural Awareness Trainings for educators and law enforcement.
     
  • Reentry Panels at Federal Halfway Houses, offering employment opportunities and community resources for halfway house residents.
     
  • Fair Chance Job Fairs for individuals with prior convictions.

 

Community Events

August 2017

Denver Stands Against Hate –Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and other USAO staff presented at this community forum that considered federal, state, and local enforcement of hate crimes statutes.

Fair Housing Roundtable – The USAO launched the Colorado Fair Housing Roundtable in September 2016. Participants in this fair housing community group held their forth, quarterly, meeting in August 2017.

National Night Out – Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer spoke at the annual National Night Out, a community-police awareness-raising event.

July 2017

International Rescue Committee – The U.S. Attorney’s Office, together with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, presented Know Your Civil Rights and School Bullying trainings to staff members who work with refugee populations.

Safe Haven Activations – USAO staff assisted at a series of community-based Safe Haven events following incidents of gang-involved violence.

State Department Delegation from the Middle East – The U.S. Attorney’s Office and Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Community Partnerships presented the Community Awareness Briefing to a State Department-sponsored delegation of visitors from the Middle East.

June 2017

African Community Center – USAO staff presented the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s Hate Crimes Mock Trial program to students in the ACC OnTRAC youth program.

Protecting Houses of Worship in DenverThe U.S. Attorney’s Office co-sponsored an interfaith training event for faith community leaders tasked with safety and security at houses of worship.  The event, which was held at Shorter Community AME Church, was moderated by Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer. 

Colorado School Safety Resource Officers – The U.S. Attorney’s Office presented the Community Awareness Briefing to school safety officers from colleges and universities around Colorado.

Mock Job Fair at USP-Florence – Staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office offered mock job interviews and resume consultations to inmates at USP-Florence.

Independence House Reentry Panel – The U.S. Attorney’s Office organized this event featuring community resources and employment opportunities for halfway house residents.

May 2017

Advocacy Coalition for Equity – The USAO presented a civil rights training to a group of advocates and service providers who work with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

HIV / AIDS Civil Rights Forum – USAO staff helped organize this interagency federal forum for HIV/AIDS community members and providers. A representative from the U.S. Attorney’s Office gave a presentation on federal civil rights protections for people with HIV / AIDS.

Lutheran Family Services – The U.S. Attorney’s Office presented a training on hate crimes, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Community Partnerships presented a Community Awareness Briefing to staff members who work with refugee populations.

Protecting Houses of Worship in Aurora – The U.S. Attorney’s Office organized an interfaith security training presented at Heritage Christian Center in Aurora. Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer moderated the event.

Training for CLC Volunteers – The USAO presented a training on civil rights law for Colorado Lawyers Committee volunteers who staff the Denver Legal Night program.

Sam Cary Bar Association – The USAO presented a civil rights training to a group of lawyers and business leaders.

Community Safety in Ft. Collins – USAO staff organized a forum at Lesher Middle School in Ft. Collins for community members concerned about the enforcement of civil rights and hate crimes.  Acting United States Attorney Bob Troyer spoke at the event.

G.R.E.A.T. Graduations – USAO staff volunteer weekly for the G.R.E.A.T. school-based gang prevention program for elementary and middle school students. In May the graduating members of the 2016-2017 G.R.E.A.T. classes received diplomas from Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer.

Florence Re-Entry Simulation – USAO staff participated in a re-entry simulation, part of an effort to coordinate resources to assist individuals through the reentry process.

April 2017

Denver Legal Night – The USAO organized a Know Your Civil Rights training for participants in the CLC Denver Legal Night Program at Mi Casa Resource Center. The training was interpreted into Spanish.

Greeley Legal Night – The USAO organized a Know Your Civil Rights training for participants in the CLC Greeley Legal Night Program at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. The training was given in Spanish.

Protecting Houses of Worship in Fort Morgan – The U.S. Attorney’s Office organized an interfaith security training presented at Morgan Church of the Nazarene in Fort Morgan. Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer moderated the event.

Prairie Middle School – USAO staff presented the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s Hate Crimes Mock Trial program to students at Prairie Middle School.

Aurora Central High School – USAO staff helped organize and present at two Know Your Rights trainings at the high school, one for teachers and one for parents. The presentation for parents was interpreted into four languages.

Fair Housing Roundtable – The USAO launched the Colorado Fair Housing Roundtable in September 2016. Participants in this fair housing community group held their third, quarterly, meeting in April 2017.

Community Awareness Briefing for Multicultural Mosaic Foundation – The U.S. Attorney’s Office presented the Community Awareness Briefing for an interfaith audience at the Multicultural Mosaic Foundation.

Women’s Self-Defense & Know Your Rights Training – A police officer from Denver Police Department presented self-defense techniques to a class of women at the Colorado Muslim Society, followed by a Know Your Rights presentation delivered by staff of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. 

Updated August 23, 2017

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