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Community Outreach

Monday, November 21, 2016
South Kingstown "Count it, Lock it, Drop it" campaign kickoff

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha kicked off South Kingstown Prevention Coalition Task Force's "Count it, Lock it, Drop it" campaign urging seniors to safeguard their medicines during the upcoming holiday season.  URI pharmacy students were on hand at the South Kingstown Senior Center to review seniors' prescriptions to ensure seniors are safely using, mixing and storing their prescription drugs. 

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Thursday, November 10, 2016
AUSA Richard Rose visits with 8th graders at the Community Preparatory School in Providence

Assistant United States Attorney Richard Rose spent time with the 8th grade glass at the Community Preparatory School in Providence talking about the importance of setting career goals and surrounding yourself with like-minded friends and associates.

 

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Thursday, November 3, 2016
U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha leads a public forum at Roger Williams University on Opioid Addiction

Roger Williams University College of Arts and Sciences hosted a community forum on opioid and heroin addiction. The discussion, led by United States Attorney Peter Neronha, highlighted community-based services available for individuals battling addiction and their families. A statewide peer-to-peer program offering 24-hour assistance was among the programs highlighted.  

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016
A Rhode Island employer, former inmate, employment attorney and US Probation lead a discussion about hiring ex-offenders

Left to right, Pet Food Experts Director of Operations Jeff Lavalley; Pet Food Experts employee Dwayne Gibson, a former inmate; Alicia Samolis, a partner at Partridge, Snow & Hahn specializing in employment law; and John Marshall, Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer in Rhode Island discussing employment opportunities for ex-offenders in Rhode Island. The panel, led by United States Attorney Peter Neronha, was one of five panels addressing employment, housing and education opportunities, and community-based services for citizens returning to the community from prison.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Freshman and senior students at Portsmouth High School listen intently to a discussion about opioid and heroin addiction

Freshman and senior students at Portsmouth High School listened intently to a discussion about opioid and heroin addiction following a presentation of the documentary Chasing the Dragon, and the first-hand account from a mother who lost her son to addiction. The program, presented in conjunction with the Department of Corrections, strongly emphasized the importance of making good decisions early in life.

 

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Thursday, October 13, 2016
Assistant United States Attorney Richard W. Rose (front row, left)  with students from the Paul Cuffee Upper School shortly after a chance meeting led to a guided tour of the U.S. District Court and a brief civics lesson.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose (front row, left)  with students from the Paul Cuffee Upper School shortly after they met at the U.S. District Court in a chance meeting leading to a guided tour of the City of Providence and a brief civics lesson.

 

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

President Obama designated the week of Oct. 2-8, 2016, as National Community Policing Week, spotlighting the commitment to build stronger relationships between law enforcement and the community.  Community policing is a public safety philosophy based on partnership and cooperation between law enforcement and the communities that they are sworn to protect.  At the center of community policing is the idea that all members of the community, both officer and civilian, have a stake in the safety of their neighborhoods where they live and work.

In Providence, continuing to work to build respect and trust between the community and law enforcement, on October 4, 2016, United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, joined by members of the Providence Police Department, FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals Service, Rhode Island State Police and attorneys from his office, met with residents of Wiggin Village Apartments in Providence for a conversation about community-police relations. Numerous meetings such as this one have taken over the past two years at several locations in Providence and around the state.

United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha listens intently as residents of Wiggin Village Apartments in Providence discuss their relationship with law enforcement

United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha listens intently as residents of Wiggin Village Apartments in Providence discuss their relationship with law enforcement

 

 

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Friday, September 23, 2016

 President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch designated the week of September 19-23, 2016, as National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week.

In recognition of National Heroin and Opioid Awareness week, United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha hosted a series of public discussions and town hall meetings to raise awareness about a public health crisis in Rhode Island of heroin and opioid addiction and overdoses. The discussions reinforced the Department of Justice’s three-fold approach to the opioid and heroin epidemic - prevention and awareness; enforcement; and treatment.

Regional town hall meetings and discussions organized in collaboration with Prevention Coalitions from across Rhode Island were held in Providence, South Kingstown, Woonsocket and Middletown. Each program included a screening of the powerful documentary Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opioid Addict; the personal stories of our neighbors touched by the epidemic of drug overdoses that is devastating families across Rhode Island; and panel discussions with members of the medical, treatment, education, community-outreach and law enforcement communities.

Opioid Awareness Week kickoff event at Brown University

At the kickoff event for Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week held at Brown University's School of Professional Development in Providence, Paul Kandarian, an Army veteran twice deployed to Afghanistan, shared his story of heroin addiction and recovery as panelists, the media and a packed room of attendees listened intently.

South Kingstown Opioid Awareness Week town hall meeting in South Kingstown

In South Kingstown, the parents of Bianca Hathaway (seated on the left) lost to an overdose in February 2016, shared their heartbreaking story as a warning that this epidemic has no boundaries and causes personal devastation. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha (standing) followed their presentation with a spirited panel discussion about the increasing rate of opioid prescribing, and the need to continue to focus on treatment and education.

 

Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week town hall meeting in Woonsocket

United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha leads a discussion on opioid addiction, treatment and education at a town hall meeting in Woonsocket. Doctors, treatment specialists, Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition leaders and educators addressed the burgeoning problem and efforts to raise awareness.

 

Attendees at a town hall meeting in Middletown watch and listen intently during a screening of the powerful documentary Chasing the Dragon produced by the FBI and DEA. The screening was followed by a local family sharing the personal story of a young father lost to addiction, and a panel discussion with members of the medical, treatment, education, community-outreach and law enforcement communities.

Attendees at a town hall meeting in Middletown watch and listen intently during a screening of the powerful documentary Chasing the Dragon produced by the FBI and DEA. The screening was followed by a local family sharing the personal story of a young father lost to addiction, and a panel discussion with members of the medical, treatment, education, community-outreach and law enforcement communities.

 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

8th annual "Kids, Cops and Classroom" collection of school supplies for students K-12

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard B. Myrus, 2nd from the left, joined state and local law enforcement from across Rhode Island to deliver donated school supplies for students K-12 in the 8th annual Kids, Cops and Classroom collection. The Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association, and Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, in conjunction with federal, state and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout the state, and Rhode Island corporate sponsors, donate backpacks and school supplies to children as they prepare to return to school.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kathrina Peterson, Acting Director/Attorney Advisor, US DOJ Office for Victims of Crime welcome attendees from across New England to the OVC Human Trafficking Regional Training Forum being held in Providence, RIFirst Assistant US Attorney Stephen Dambruch welcomes attendees to OVC Human Trafficking New England Regional Training Forum in Providence

Kathrina Peterson, Acting Director/Attorney Advisor, US DOJ Office for Victims of Crime and Stephen G. Dambruch, First Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island welcome attendees from across New England to the OVC Human Trafficking Regional Training Forum in Providence, RI

 

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