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U.S. Attorney’s Office hosts United Against Hate meeting in Great Falls

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

BILLINGS — The U.S. Attorney’s Office held a United Against Hate meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Great Falls Public Library with community members, along with federal and local law enforcement representatives, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said today.

United Against Hate is an initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Justice focused on improving the prevention of hate crimes and hate incidents by building relationships at the local level. Through this initiative, the Justice Department seeks to create and strengthen partnerships among law enforcement, community leaders and residents.

“The United States Department of Justice knows we have an obligation, both legally and morally, to hold individuals accountable for crimes driven by all forms of hatred.  Indeed, we are united against hate and this essential and sobering work requires all of us pulling in the same direction.  I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with our federal and local partners to combat hate crimes in Montana,” U.S. Attorney Laslovich said.

“The latest FBI statistics show that hate-fueled violence is on the rise,” said Special Agent in Charge Shohini Sinha of the Salt Lake City FBI. “It's imperative we take a collective approach to address this issue head on. We hope this event spurred conversations, strengthened relationships, and empowered the community with the knowledge and tools to combat hate crimes together.”

The meeting with the Great Falls community is one in a series of meetings the U.S. Attorney’s Office is holding throughout Montana and provided an opportunity for community members to have a better understanding of hate crimes and hate incidents, how to report them to law enforcement and to learn about available resources. Approximately 60 people attended the event, which was hosted by the Great Falls Public Library. Additional Justice Department information and resources about hate crimes are available at

Speakers at the event included U.S. Attorney Laslovich and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon, from the Missoula Division Office. In addition, the event featured a Hate Crimes Panel Discussion and question and comment session that included U.S. Attorney Laslovich; FBI Special Agent in Charge Shohini Sinha, from the Salt Lake City Field Office; Cascade County Attorney Josh Racki; and Great Falls Police Department Captain Rob Moccasin.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will be holding additional United Against Hate events in coming months in communities across the state.



Clair J. Howard

Public Affairs Officer


Updated February 21, 2024

Community Outreach
Press Release Number: 24-52