Photo Gallery 7
In Your Community: Photos
On January 7, 2011, the FBI Buffalo's Community Outreach Program—along with Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo's Commission on Citizens' Rights and Community Relations—hosted an Anti-Bullying and Violence Prevention Summit for middle and high school students. Two hundred students from the School Ambassadors and Leaders of Tomorrow program participated in the day-long symposium. Through the help of trained facilitators, organizers worked to instill in students the seriousness of bullying and how it impacts them, bystanders, and the Western New York community. The day's activities included workshops on cyber bullying, victimization, and prevention, including one focusing on the dangers of cyberbullying from emails, texts, and social networking websites led by FBI Community Outreach Specialist Vanita Evans (shown above). Students also participated in a next step rally hosted by Buffalo's "Tee–Nyce" Terrance Warren, a motivational speaker who shares his personal experiences with violence. As a result of the project, Mayor Brown and the Commission have launched a poster contest sponsored by Lamar Advertising and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) which will be open to all students who attend the conference. The winning poster will serve as the official anti-bullying message for the City of Buffalo. Lamar Advertising will turn the winning artwork into poster-sized advertising boards throughout Buffalo, and NFTA has agreed to place the posters in its shuttle waiting areas.
The FBI Las Vegas Division recently took part in the second annual Human Trafficking Training event—coordinated by the Salvation Army and the Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force—in Las Vegas. Approximately 200 representatives from law enforcement, local, state, and federal government agencies, and non-government organizations participated.
In December, the Knoxville FBI office participated in the City of Chattanooga's "Human Rights Day." The event, hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, is designed to educate children and adults about the consequences of racial, religious, and ethnic persecution by demonstrating the dangers of hate crimes and the attitudes that give rise to them. Shown above are Knoxville Victim/Witness Coordinator Carol Marshal (left) and Director Beverly Cosley, Office of Multicultural Affairs. The event also included presentations from a Department of Justice attorney, an FBI Director's Community Leadership Award winner, and community activist Gene Rosenberg. Rosenberg presented the "Traveling Trunk of Hate Crimes," an interactive exhibit that uses symbols of hate and intolerance to help teach acceptance and inclusiveness. The Traveling Trunk's sponsor—the East Tennessee Civil Rights Working Group—was established in 1996 as the Knoxville Hate Crimes Working Group and is a networking group of community leaders, civil rights advocates, law enforcement agencies, and concerned citizens who work together to help detect and prevent hate crimes—along with other civil rights violations like color of law crimes and human trafficking—in their communities. Read more about the FBI's specific role in investigating hate crimes and other civil rights matters on our civil rights webpage.
Seattle FBI employees, along with representatives from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, teamed up to help celebrate the holiday season by donating over 1,000 gifts to Hazel Valley Elementary School in Burien, Washington. And on December 15, students were allowed to choose toys, including bikes and skateboards, to take home. Hazel Valley Elementary School was selected for the donations because more than 70% of students participate in the reduced lunch program.
Richmond FBI employees spent the holiday season collecting canned goods for families in need as part of the “Feds that Feed" program. Bureau employees partnered with members of the local FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association as well as representatives from other federal agencies, including: Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Internal Revenue Service; U.S. Marshals; Secret Service; and the Postal Inspection Service. Cadets from John Randolph Tucker High School's Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) are assisting with the delivery of collection boxes.