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TOMORROW: United States Attorney’s Office Co-Sponsoring West Virginia Civil and Human Rights Summit

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Will Thompson announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia is co-sponsoring “Building Bridges: West Virginia Civil and Human Rights Summit” with the City of Charleston on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. West Virginia State University is hosting the event.

The summit begins at 9 a.m. with opening remarks from U.S. Attorney Thompson, Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin and West Virginia State University President Dr. Ericke Cage. The morning will also feature recorded remarks by U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke and an overview of federal hate crime enforcement actions. Afternoon sessions will cover breaking down barriers created by racial bias, civil rights and people with disabilities, civil rights and domestic terrorism, human rights and fair housing, and deprivation of rights under color of law violations.

The summit is sponsored in partnership with: the Charleston Police Department; Disability Rights of West Virginia; Fairness West Virginia; the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the Islamic Association of West Virginia; Legal Aid of West Virginia; the West Virginia NAACP; Temple Israel WV; the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development; the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence; the West Virginia Council of Churches; the West Virginia Department of Education; the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council; the West Virginia Human Rights Commission; the West Virginia State Police; and YWCA Charleston.

WHAT: Building Bridges: West Virginia Civil and Human Rights Summit

WHEN: Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

WHERE: West Virginia State University, Institute; P. Ahmed Williams Auditorium, Ferrell Hall, and James C. Wilson University Union.

 A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.








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