Hate crimes forum set for Oct. 10 at Paine College

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.

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