Each year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, coordinates a city-to-city exchange program between international communities. The program examines good community engagement practices around various aspects, including efforts to integrate new communities, the processes of immigration and naturalization, the protection of civil rights and civil liberties, and the freedoms afforded under our Constitution.
The weeklong 2016 program was facilitated between the Middle District of Florida (Tampa/Orlando) and Marseilles, France. The visiting French delegation included municipal officials, civilians, education specialists, and law enforcement. On December 5, 2016, the delegation sat down with the U.S. Attorney, along with members of his executive staff and Civil Rights Working Group, for an informative exchange of practices and ideas on civil rights protections and enforcement under federal law; extremism and hate crimes; prevention, intervention and outreach strategies; and the reintegration of ex-offenders into society.