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In addition to prosecuting federal offenders, the USAO for the WDTN is committed to engaging and supporting our community through outreach efforts. Our office works closely with area schools and local organizations to assist with motivating all citizens to be productive assets to our community. Also, this office frequently interacts with federal inmates and formerly incarcerated individuals to offer support and discuss how our entire community benefits from their successful reintegration to society. Below are a few of our office’s recent outreach activities.
The U.S. Attorney's Office joined partnering law enforcement agencies and community leaders to particpate in the 32nd Annual National Night Out.
During this year's event, U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III, EAUSA David Biggers, AUSA Damon Griffin, and PIO/Community Outreach Specialist Louis Goggans visited neighborhoods in North Memphis, South Memphis, Whitehaven, Mid-town and Downtown to fellowship with residents, ascertain their concerns and enjoy delicious food.
National Night Out is designed to: heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals, letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The U.S. Attorney's Office participated in the Tennessee Department of Children's Services Career Fair in late July. During the event, youth and young adults got a chance to learn about the U.S. Attorney's Office's main goals, different divisions, community outreach efforts and more.
Other agencies on hand for the event included the Shelby County Health Department, Exchange Club Family Center, Workforce Investment Network, and South Memphis Alliance.
U.S. Attorney Stanton delivered the event's keynote speech. He talked about his upbringing in Memphis, role as U.S. Attorney, and provided words of encouragement to the attendees.
U.S. Attorney Stanton talked to youth attending the Memphis Police Department's C.O.P. summer camp in late June. Dozens of kids between the ages of nine and 17 packed the bleachers inside of the Dr. Willie D. Herenton Renaissance Center for the event.
U.S. Attorney Stanton talked about his upbringing and responsibilities as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. He also spoke to the youth about the importance of boasting good character, staying committed and compassionate, and watching the company they keep.
In late June, U.S. Attorney Stanton participated in a Violence Prevention Forum panel at Methodist North Hospital. The panel also featured “Uncle” Joe Hunter, founder of G.A.N.G. Inc.; DeAndre D. Brown Sr., Executive Director of Lifeline to Success; and Antonio Parkinson, Tennessee State Representative. The panel was moderated by Methodist North CEO Gyasi Chisley. During the discussion, panelists spoke about their agencies’ efforts to combat local violence and revealed ways the community can assist with crime prevention.
EAUSA David Biggers spoke to formerly incarcerated individuals about the importance of properly branding themselves during Greater Imani Church and Circle of Life Transformation Center’s "Career Preparation Day." The event took place at Greater Imani Church, the Cathedral of Faith.
Aside from Mr. Biggers' presentation on branding, there were sessions provided on filling out applications, interview preparation, resume writing, dressing appropriately, and conflict resolution. Mock interviews were also conducted during the Career Preparation Day.
In addition to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, other agencies in attendance were YWCA Greater Memphis, Empowerment Services, Lucinda’s Care Services, Shelby County Division, and Human Resource Managers.
In June, U.S. Attorney Stanton spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Memphis about the office's criminal and civil divisions. He also reflected on popular cases prosecuted by the office, and highlighted the U.S. Attorney's Office's partnerships with various law enforcement agencies throughout West Tennessee.
U.S. Attorney Stanton and EAUSA David Biggers participated in two panels during the Federal Bureau of Prison’s National Reentry Week in April. They discussed the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Employer Recruitment Program, which connects non-violent reentrants with employers that can provide jobs and livable wages. U.S. Attorney Stanton and EAUSA Biggers also touched on the quarterly visits they make to FCI Memphis and SPC Millington to inform inmates about the resources available to help them with reentry, probation and educational endeavors subsequent to their release.
The launch of Memphis’ Juvenile Ceasefire program took place in April. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, in collaboration with Shelby County Juvenile Court, Tennessee Department of Correction, and Memphis Police Department’s Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force are sponsoring the program.
Juvenile Ceasefire participants have pending gun charges. Completing the course, along with other conditions, may expunge the charge from their record.
During the program’s launch, EAUSA David Biggers spoke to students about the potential barriers and penalties they face if they continue to unlawfully possess firearms and indulge in a criminal lifestyle.
U.S. Attorney Stanton, AUSA Reagan Taylor, and Community Outreach Specialist/PIO Louis Goggans participated in the AKA’s 2016 Future’s Fair in April. Mr. Goggans and Ms. Taylor informed kids about the U.S. Attorney’s Office and some of the opportunities available to them. U.S. Attorney Stanton delivered the event’s keynote speech, primarily touching on the USAO’s efforts to combat human trafficking, illegal drug distribution and unlawful gun possession and use.