This Sunday, at the Gay Community Center of Richmond, you can get a unique look inside how the FBI and the Justice Department handle hate crimes, with a focus on the history of these issues here in Central Virginia.
Sponsored by SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and the Richmond Business Alliance, FBI Special Agent Judy Sykes will present speak on her experiences from her many years with the Bureau. Sykes has been working with the FBI since 1987, covering civil rights and criminal issues around the country.
“The FBI contacted us as they are trying to better connect with our community so that we view each other as allies. We are very excited about this program and see it as the beginning of a valued relationship,” stated Bill Harrison, president of the Richmond Gay Community Foundation.
Sykes background reads like a thrilling crime novel – in the 90′s she helped dismantle a cocaine ring in Pittsburg and a price of $25k and 6 lbs of cocaine was put out on her head. Gang leader William Baker III sent out the offer to anyone who could “take care of the b*tch.”
Last Thursday, the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service released a training video providing techiques and tools to help law enforcement better interact with the transgender community. According to the press release, the nearly 13-minute video is meant to ensure safe, professional, and respectful interactions for all using three non-emergency and non-crisis situations to discuss ways [...]