Hate Crime Symposium – Cape May Campus
On Thursday, February 21, Cape May County Campus hosted a Hate Crimes Symposium conducted by the FBI and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Over the course of three hours several speakers discussed issues and laws related to hate crimes.
Vernon Addison, Special Agent, FBI reviewed the Federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act, it’s 2010 expansion to include more protected classes and how it applies to crimes committed on the basis of a person’s protected characteristics such as race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification or disability. Agent Addison effectively engaged the crowd by quizzing them on their understanding of what would be considered a hate crime using real life cases.
He was followed by Dave D’Amico, Chief Investigator, Middlesex County Dept. of Corrections, who reviewed bias incidents and their investigation, how to respond to and report a hate crime. The symposium was attended by more than 60 people from local law enforcement agencies, churches, schools and municipal governments. Lieutenant. Joseph Landis with the CM Co. Prosecutors office expressed much appreciation for college hosting the event and looks forward to working with us on future projects.