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ADL’s Regional Office was asked to provide training during a day-long hate crimes training for law enforcement on September 24th. The training was sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas, and the Dallas Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The training was attended by 130 law enforcement professionals from multiple jurisdictions and agencies throughout the North Texas area.

Judy and Dennis Shepard, parents of Matthew Shepard, gave the keynote address focusing on how their son’s murder impacted their lives as well as the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, created in their son’s memory.

ADL Community Director Roberta S. Clark presented “The Impact of Hatred in Our Lives,” reviewing how hate incidents and hate crimes impact victims, their loved ones and the community at large; extremist groups active in the North Texas area; and ways ADL works with and for law enforcement in the areas of hate crimes, hate groups, extremists and terrorists.