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

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

U.S. Attorney’s Office And FBI To Host Community Meeting To Discuss Hate Crimes In The Wake Of The Tragic Events In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Minneapolis Division Jill Sanborn will convene a community meeting in response to the tragic shooting that took place this past week at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Leaders of the interfaith community, representatives of houses of worship, and other community stakeholders are encouraged to attend to discuss federal hate crimes laws, identifying and reporting hate crimes, and best practices for creating safe and secure houses of worship. The meeting will take place on Monday, November 5, 2018, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley, Minnesota. For more information, please email

“Here in Minnesota and across the nation, we stand united against the violent and hateful events that have recently taken place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Jeffersontown, Kentucky. These attacks are reprehensible and antithetical to our values as a nation,” said U.S. Attorney MacDonald. “The safety and security of all Minnesotans is my highest priority and these events serve as a solemn reminder that law enforcement and community leaders must remain vigilant in our shared work of building public safety awareness around the issue of hate crimes. As U.S. Attorney, I will not tolerate hateful acts from any individual or group that seeks to threaten another’s civil rights.”

“The attacks in Pittsburgh show that evil does exist, but we can find hope in the response and solidarity of an entire nation, which mourns the senseless and tragic loss of life,” said SAC Sanborn. “Every American has the right to live, love and worship how they choose and the FBI stands shoulder to shoulder with our law enforcement partners to protect those rights. We are looking forward to this meeting and being a part of the solution in our community.”

Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) said, “The JCRC is proud to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in Minnesota to assist with educating about civil rights and community security. We look forward to our continued work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI to organize community forums that provide critical security guidance and address community concerns. In the wake of hate incidents impacting the Muslim and Jewish communities in 2017, the JCRC joined with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI to provide security assistance to a diverse group of community organizations and houses of worship. In the aftermath of the Etz Chaim (Tree of Life) murders, we are grateful for the swift response of law enforcement and the outpouring of support to the Jewish community.”

On October 29, 2018, the Department of Justice announced the launch of a new comprehensive hate crimes website designed to provide a centralized portal for the Department’s hate crimes resources for law enforcement, media, researchers, victims, advocacy groups, and other related organizations and individuals. The resources include training materials, technical assistance, videos, research reports, statistics, and other helpful information from all of the Department components working on hate crimes. For more information, please visit

NOTE: This event is open press. All media must RSVP to and present valid media credentials at the event.




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Updated November 1, 2018