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Hate crimes conference

U.S. Attorney's Office sponsors hate crimes conference April 27 in Dover


2:14 p.m., April 26, 2012--UD faculty and students are invited to attend a conference on "Investigating and Prosecuting Hate Crimes," being presented by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Delaware from 8 a.m.-4 pm.., Friday, April 27, at the Martin L. King Jr. Student Service Center at Delaware State University in Dover. 

The conference is free, but registration is required. To register, visit

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The conference will describe in detail the Shepard-Byrd Act of 2009. Featured speakers will be Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, the University of Wyoming student who was murdered in 1998, and Dave O'Malley, former chief of police in Laramie, Wyo. 

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 gives federal authorities broader jurisdiction to prosecute violent hate crimes. Specifically, the new law makes it a federal crime to willfully inflict bodily injury against another person or to attempt to do so with a dangerous weapon or explosive because of a person's race, color, religion or national origin, or, if the crime affected interstate commerce, because of a person's actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. 

At the conference, federal law enforcement officials and attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, will conduct interactive training sessions on the federal hate crimes statutes and provide guidance on effective enforcement strategies. 

For more information, contact Kim Reeves in the U.S. Attorney's Office at 302-573-6266, ext. 16287.

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