The Matthew Shepard Foundation is proud to work with the Department of Justice and FBI on educational programs for state and local law enforcement officials about recognizing and prosecuting suspected hate crimes.
Following the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, the federal hate crimes statute was amended to include: actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. Making sure that police departments knew what that meant, the DoJ started offering conferences to teach leaders about the characteristics of a hate crime, the sensitive nature of these investigation, and federal support for their prosecution. Judy and Dennis Shepard speak at many of these events every year.
You can read about recent conferences in Maine, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island and contact us for more information about these kinds of events.