Augusta residents are invited to attend a Hate Crimes Prevention Forum on Oct. 10 to learn how the Hate Crime Prevention Act can affect the community.
The forum will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Paine College’s Health Education Activities Learning Complex.
Enacted in 2009, the act expanded the federal hate-crime law to allow the Department of Justice to investigate crimes motivated by the victim’s gender, sexual identity, gender identity or disability, in addition to the already protected categories of race, religion and national origin.
Representatives from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of Georgia, the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service, the FBI, the district attorney’s office for the Augusta Judicial Circuit, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the city of Augusta will discuss how law enforcement addresses incidents of hate, and what can be done to prevent them while promoting tolerance and diversity.
For information, call (404) 331-6883.