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US Atty. holds community civil rights forums

The first in a series of civil rights forums is coming up in Phoenix.

U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke said the forum next Tuesday will focus on federal civil rights laws, new federal statutes on hate crimes and the investigation and prosecution of such violations.

In a news release, Burke said the forum is intended to bring together the faith community, local elected officials, the U.S. Attorney and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to discuss the Department of Justice’s role in civil rights matters.

Burke said the community should have the confidence to come forward if they feel their civil rights have been violated or if they have been a victim of a hate crime.

The civil rights forum will be held in the South Mountain High School auditorium July 6 at 6:00 p.m.

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