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Multi-Cultural Advisory Council

Multi-Cultural Advisory Council

Multi-Cultural Advisory Council members take a tour of the
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

In 2008, the Cincinnati Division—in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio—created a local Multi-Cultural Advisory Council (MCAC). The group was formed to foster dialogue between the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and members of the community.

This council brings together leaders from different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds to discuss their cultures and beliefs with the FBI. It also serves as a forum where specific issues important to these members of the community can be discussed with law enforcement.

During meetings of the MCAC, a presentation on a specific topic is given by a person or group with expertise in that area. Past meetings have included a presentation about Islam at the Greater Cincinnati Islamic Center; a tour and discussion at the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education; a discussion with the U.S. Marshal regarding courthouse security and screening procedures; a presentation on the Sikh faith; and a tour of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The MCAC meets quarterly.


A few of the participants at a Multi-Cultural
Advisory Council meeting

As the lead agency for investigating violations of federal civil rights laws, the FBI works closely with ethnic, religious, and minority groups to help prevent civil rights abuses. The Cincinnati Division believes it is important to actively facilitate conversations about these issues while working to uphold the constitutional rights and civil liberties of all U.S. residents.

For more information about the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council, please contact the Cincinnati Division's community outreach specialist at (513) 421-4310.