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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

U.S. Attorney's Office Hosts Town Hall Panel Discussion to Highlight the Issue of Childhood Trauma

            WASHINGTON – The Community Prosecution Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia will host a Town Hall Panel Discussion, “Clergy Can Combat Childhood Trauma,” at the Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church in Northeast, Washington, D.C. on May 16, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.

            The faith-based community plays an essential role in educating, motivating and mobilizing the community. Over the past year, there has been a sharp increase in homicides throughout the District of Columbia. This town hall discussion seeks to provide faith-based organizations and the community at large with a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood trauma, particularly violent trauma, and provide them with resources and tools to combat childhood trauma through programming, counseling services, and changing the way they interact with traumatized youth and adults. “These discussions help us understand how children and adolescents cope with trauma and the psychological stress associated with extended periods of feeling at risk,” said U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu. “If we can stop young people’s exposure to violence early, we can stop its impact from spreading through the community.”

            The panel will consist of grassroots practitioners, educators and mental health professionals who have experience addressing or combatting the effects of childhood trauma and/or working with clergy members to address mental health issues in the community.

            Organizers encourage both the faith-based organization, city leaders, and the community as a whole to participate in the discussion. For more information or to RSVP for the program, please contact Monica Veney, 5th District Community Outreach Specialist, Monica.Veney2@usdoj.gov, (202)-698-0145.

Topic(s): 
Community Outreach
Press Release Number: 
19-074
Updated May 14, 2019