Helping LGBTQ Communities Build Local Capacity to Address Conflicts

Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Big Joe Turner B

The Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) supports LGBTQ communities interested in building local capacity to address conflicts, bias incidents, and hate crimes based on gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. CRS works with LGBTQ groups – as well as law enforcement, schools, faith-based organizations, government agencies, civil rights organizations, and others – to address local issues that impact LGBTQ individuals and the broader community. This workshop includes an overview of CRS’s services, such as training for law enforcement on working with transgender communities, hate crime forums, facilitated dialogues, mediation, and public event planning, and case studies and will highlight best practices and resources available to participants. CRS services are free, confidential, and voluntary. CRS staff are impartial conciliators who do not investigate or prosecute.

Presenter Bio

2019 Convention - Theresa SegoviaTheresa Segovia, Department of Justice Community Relations Service

Theresa Segovia is the Associate Director of the Community Relations Service (CRS) at the U.S. Department of Justice, with responsibility for national field operations. Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and expanded by the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, Theresa leads a team of skilled conciliators to mitigate community tensions based on race, color, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, religion and disability, and to support local efforts to develop stable, inclusive, viable communities. Prior to joining CRS, Theresa was a member of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section. She began her career as the human trafficking investigator for the Criminal Section, and had collateral duty as the Victim Witness Specialist and served as a peer reviewer for grant making offices for several federal agencies that supported the 40 federal human trafficking task forces throughout the nation.

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