公民权益部召开会议讨论911歧视问题

DEPARTMENT TO HOST CONFERENCE ON POST 9/11 DISCRIMINATION

WASHINGTON –The department’s Civil Rights Division will host a conference in partnership with George Washington University Law School entitled, “Confronting Discrimination in the Post-9/11 Era: Challenges and Opportunities 10 Years Later,” on WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2011, at 9:00 A.M. EDT Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole and Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez will participate, along with other featured speakers and panelists.

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there was a sharp increase in hate crimes and discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs and South-Asians in America.  While the intensity and character of this backlash has changed over time, increased hate crimes and discrimination remain a challenge for these communities ten years later.  The conference will look back on what happened and explore what civil rights challenges remain, what new obstacles have emerged, and how we as a nation can best meet them now and in the years ahead.

 WHO:  Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole

             Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez

WHAT:  Department conference entitled, “Confronting Discrimination in the Post-9/11 Era: Challenges and Opportunities 10 Years Later”

WHEN:   WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2011

               9:00 A.M. EDT

WHERE:   George Washington University

Jack Morton Auditorium

805 21st St., N.W.

Washington, D.C.

OPEN PRESS

NOTE: All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials.  Media interested in attending must RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at 5:00 P.M. EDT to Xochitl Hinojosa at 202-514-2007 or[email protected].  Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at 202-514-2007.