FBI SEMINAR ORGANIZED BY PUNJABI CULTURAL SOCIETY OF CHICAGO IN PALATINE GURUDWARA Palatine, IL
Chicago, Feb. 01, 2011
The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) in conjunction with Sikh Religious Society organized an FBI Informational Seminar at their Gurudwara (place of worship) facilities in Palatine on Sunday, January 30, 2011. The seminar featured the FBI Spokesperson and the FBI Civil Rights subject matter experts. The seminar was very well attended and received.
The Gurudwara seminar room was fully packed with standing room only. The seminar was free and open to all.
“This was an excellent community participation, we may have to come back again for another session because many people couldn’t get in due to limited seating and such an enthusiastic turn out,” said FBI Special Agent Ross Rice, who is the media affairs director and the spokesperson for the FBI Chicago Division.
The two hour seminar without a break, where a lot of material was covered, was coordinated by FBI's Citizens' Academy 2003 Alumnus Rajinder Singh Mago of Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago and Birdella Braden the FBI Community Outreach Specialist.
Balwinder Singh Girn the PCS president and Satwant Singh Atal the S.R.S. president welcomed the audience and thanked the presenters for coming.
A DVD of the first 100 years of FBI was shown to the audience. An overview of the history and composition of FBI, and how its various departments operate and interact was well explained by Special Agent Ross Rice in his presentation. The FBI jurisdiction, assets, and capabilities were also explained. There were several Q&A about how to join the FBI.
The Civil Rights Presentation, by Special Agent Kelly, who is the FBI Agent assigned to the Chicago Division's Civil Rights squad, consisted of Color of Law, Hate Crimes, Human Trafficking, and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE). It included real life case histories and examples of some of the notorious hate crimes and organized crimes cases prosecuted through FBI’s investigative work.
The presenters took a brief tour of the facilities, mingled with the community and answered questions.
The purpose of this seminar was to address issues and build bridges within and among the many racial and ethnic populations in the Chicago area, and to inform about the civil rights and hate crimes statutes and state and federal jurisdictions.
Because of the FBI's active role in investigating civil rights, hate crimes, and color of law issues, FBI hopes to educate and work better with the communities they serve.FBI's National Citizens' Academy Alumni Association is hosting this innovative Racial Healing “Community Relations Executive Seminar Training” (CREST) program across the country, including here in Chicago to many of our diverse neighborhoods, racial and ethnic communities and organizations. Such initiatives have gained importance and have been on the rise since nine-eleven.
The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit community service organization devoted to promoting Punjabi culture, language, performing arts, education, good citizenship, healthy life style, and sports in the metropolitan Chicago area. For further information please contact: