Human trafficking, hate crimes among topics at event

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents will discuss civil rights violations such as human trafficking and hate crimes in a presentation on Wednesday, May 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Beaverton City Library’s Cathy Stanton Conference Room, 12375 S.W. Fifth St.

In the Beaverton’s Human Rights Advisory Commission presentation, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Matthew Floyd and another special agent will highlight the following issues:

Human Trafficking — The act of individuals being bought, sold or smuggled into sex trafficking or forced labor.

Hate Crimes — Crimes against a targeted race or group.

Color of Law — The investigation of unlawful acts carried out by government officials such as excessive force, sexual assaults, false arrest, fabrication of evidence, deprivation of property and failure to keep from harm.

FACE Act — The intimidation or interference with those seeking to obtain or provide healthcare services.

The presentation will include case studies focusing on hate crimes of sexual orientation and religious beliefs. Floyd will provide valuable tips for students, guardians and educators on the effects of bullying and cyber bulling. There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the presentation.

“We like to think these issues don’t affect us in Beaverton, but the truth is that human trafficking, hate crimes and bullying are in every community,” said Esther Griffin, advisory commission chairwoman.

The commission’s goal is to safeguard the rights of all citizens and promote mutual understanding. The commission helps citizens and Beaverton’s local government embrace and celebrate diversity, eliminate bigotry and enhance a sense of community.

The regular business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with the FBI presentation following at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Griffin at 503-526-2569.z

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