Law school hosts hate crimes enforcement training

October 23, 2018
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

Seattle University School of Law has teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), King County, and the U.S. Attorney's Office to offer a free, high-level hate crimes training for area law enforcement officers. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and state Sen. Manka Dhingra of Redmond are featured speakers.

State Sen. Manka Dhingra
State Sen. Manka Dhingra

The training will be held Nov. 9 at the law school. The training is geared toward law enforcement officers from King County and neighboring jurisdictions but is also open to members of the public and the law school community.

Experts from ADL and other partners will teach best practices for responding to, investigating, and reporting hate crimes.

Participants will also learn about national and local hate crimes trends and policies, as well as the impact of hate crimes and other incidents on diverse community groups.

"Our law school joins Mayor Durkan in condemning crimes rooted in hate, ignorance, and fear," said Dean Annette Clark '89. "We're honored to host this important training."

ADL, at a national level, has trained more than 100,000 law enforcement personnel over the past decade. The organization works with every major federal, state, local and military law enforcement agency, from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to major city police departments, state police, highway patrol and sheriffs' departments.

Washington state law protects people who are threatened or attacked based on the following statuses, real or perceived:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Ancestry
  • National origin
  • Sexual orientation
  • Mental, physical, or sensory handicap

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