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U.S. Attorney’s Office Hosts HBCU Regional Forum

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

ATLANTA - The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia recently partnered with the Department of Justice to host the inaugural Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Regional Forum at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. The Regional Forum introduced HBCU students, faculty, and staff to the Department’s diverse range of programs and initiatives.   

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities provide students with an environment for achieving academic excellence as well as the skills to serve as future leaders in their communities, in our office, and in the Department of Justice,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “We were honored to join with other federal agencies, and local officials and partners, to promote professional opportunities and development available to HBCU students through career paths with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice.”

The forum was held on April 18 and 19, 2024 and featured plenary and breakout sessions that showcased the wide array of resources, partnerships, and funding opportunities available from the Department. These sessions included:

  • A discussion between U.S. Attorney Buchanan and Dr. George French Jr., President of Clark Atlanta University, about the role of HBCUs in advancing justice and equity.
  • A conversation between U.S. Attorney Buchanan, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Gray, and Officer Brandon White of the Chamblee Police Department. Officer White was the victim of a hate crime in 2012 and spoke about how he had been beaten and verbally abused outside an Atlanta convenience store. His case resulted in criminal prosecution of his attackers by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and was one of the first successful prosecutions under the federal hate crimes statute based on sexual orientation. Officer White also discussed how this experience led him to pursue a career in law enforcement.
  • A presentation by Acting Director of the Department of Justice Community Relations Service, Justin Lock, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marissa Fallica and Rahul Garabadu about the Department’s United Against Hate community outreach program, which connects federal, state, and local law enforcement with local communities to combat unlawful acts of hate.

During the two-day event, members of the HBCU community also heard from other components of the Department of Justice including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, the Civil Rights Division, the Criminal Division, the Justice Management Division, the Office of Justice Programs, the Office on Violence Against Women, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the Office of Attorney Recruitment & Management, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Representatives from the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and the White House Initiative on HBCUs also made presentations. The presenters provided students with information about their work, and strategies on how students could pursue careers in federal law enforcement.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is

Updated April 23, 2024

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