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Experts Discuss Security at La Raza Conference
As part of its ongoing efforts to partner with national Hispanic civil rights organizations, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) participated in the 2008 National Council of La Raza (NCLR) annual conference, July 15, 2008 in San Diego, where its experts presented a workshop on security awareness for community institutions.

The workshop, titled “Keeping Our Institutions Safe,” allowed NCLR and its affiliates to learn about the work done by San Diego law enforcement authorities with regard to hate crimes and threats of violence, in addition to security measures necessary to protect institutions and Hispanic civil rights workers and activists.  Panelists included David Ramirez, Executive Assistant Chief of the San Diego Police Department; Oscar Garcia, Deputy District Attorney-Hate Crimes Unit, Special Operations Division; and Morris Casuto, ADL San Diego Regional Director. 

The session was attended by more than 40 representatives of Hispanic institutions throughout the United States.

Mr. Garcia spoke on the impact of hate crimes and noted the substantial increase in hate crimes targeting the Latino community. Chief Ramirez discussed the support police agencies can provide victims and urged victims of criminal acts to always contact their local police.

Mr. Casuto shared his security expertise with the audience and emphasized the importance of developing security procedures and training staffs so that they can respond to security threats in a knowledgeable and professional manner. He underscored ADL’s readiness to assist organizations seeking to improve the security status of their institutions.

At the NCLR conference, Hispanic organizations also were challenged to understand how to address the presence of extremist organizations, and how to confront prejudiced views present in the mainstream immigration debate.

ADL, a longtime coalition partner of NCLR, hosted a dinner to celebrate growing relations between the Hispanic and the Jewish communities. Among the participants were ADL and NCLR national and regional representatives, as well as political, diplomatic and civic leaders.

For more information on the League’s Hispanic/Latino outreach, visit the League’s Hispanic/Latino Affairs Resource Center.
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