February 15, 2017
Plenary – Hate Crimes and Terrorism- Historical Hate Groups- Definitions of- Understanding the Differences
This session will review some of the historical development of hate groups in America. The discussion will also review
federal and state housing civil rights/municipal laws that have been passed to address and respond to hate crimes and
terrorism and that serve both preventive and enforcement functions.
Speakers R. Tamar Hagler, Esq.. Deputy Chief, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, Civil Rights Division, U. S.
Department of Justice- Rebekeh Fretz, Esq.. Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice Alexandra
Seldin, Esq.. Senior Staff Counsel, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Moderator-Mary Scott Knoll. Executive Director-Fair Housing Council of San Diego
Plenary- Hate Crimes and Terrorism- Conditions of and Impacts on Community -Enforcement Measures
The continuum of existing criminal and civil anti-hate crime laws provides a strong safety-net for addressing and abating
this crime and for responding to terrorist’s acts. Discussion of existing enforcement avenues and highlighting of
successful prosecutions for the commission of hate crimes will serve to inform and motivate the audience to Identify
and report hate crime as a united community solution.
Speakers-Oscar Garcia, Esq.. San Diego Deputy District Attorney, Hate Crimes Unit- Todd Hemmen ,
Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations- Christopher Sedmak. Special Agent, Federal Agent,
Federal Bureau of Investigations- Joanna Mendelson. Senior Investigative Researcher Director of Special Projects
with the Anti-Defamation League.
Moderator- Lei Chala Wilson, Esq.. Law Offices of Lei-Chala I. Wilson
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
THE COMMUNITY NEEDS LOVE AND RESPECT NOT HATE!!
Hate crimes spread fear throughout the entire community and threaten or take the lives of targeted victims. These
victims are: Muslim/Other Religious Groups; African-Americans/other group identities/ethnicities; LGBT residents;
persons subjected to cyber bullying; refugees and immigrants who hail from different nations of the world or anyone
subjected to hate. A united and coalesced community response must have at its core, anti- hate crime coalitions, faithbased
communities, businesses and their diverse customers, housing associations, law enforcement, neighbors and
ROUNDTABLE–OPEN MIKE FOR SPEAKERS
Faith-based Organizations- Human Relation Groups- Community-Based- Law Enforcement-Others
Plenary-Community Resources-Planned Actions -Legislative Cures-Educational Responses to Fight Hate
Crimes in our Communities
This session is participatory and speakers will focus to identify community resources that exist, legislative actions that
may be underway, attitudinal-societal changes that are recommended, cultural competencies that must be achieved
and much more-all connected to resolution of the problem,
Moderator- Lei-Chala Wilson, Esq.. Law Offices of Lei-Chala I. Wilson
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councils in Portland, Boise, and Spokane. We have developed a brand-new software program specifically for Fair
Housing agencies that does case management, E O management, grant management, time management, and
helps ensure secure records for emergency preparedness planning. During the development of our system, we
learned some valuable lessons and I believe the information we have accumulated will be very useful your members
regarding their technology planning. Special waiver for fair housing center staff/others who attend this standalone
Speaker -Roman Battan. DiversaLINK
February 16, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Plenary VOTING RIGHTS, Race and Housing Civil Rights The Civil Rights Act of 1866 set an historical pathway for achieving property rights for newly-freed African American slaves. In a post-election environment, the question becomes…Can we make the fair housing case to identify the disruptive link between gerrymandering, voter suppression techniques and housing civil rights violations based on race/other group identities?
February 17, 2017
Plenary A Review of the Supreme Court
In a prepared video lecture Professor Erwin Chemerinsky will provide his annual update on the U.S. Supreme Court. This much-heralded and insightful presentation delves into the composition of the Supreme Court, discusses cases heard or with potential to be heard by the court and presents a variety of other perspectives concerning the Supreme Court.
Speaker Erwin Chemerinsky. Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, School of Law
Also in this session
In this session the other speakers will continue to highlight the roles of each enforcement entity while showcasing recent cases brought by each involving a variety of “protected class” issues. Speakers will also discuss recent cases coming from the private/non-profit bar and their work with fair housing centers.
Speakers U.S. Department of Justice General Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD, Washington-Senior Staff Counsel, California State Department of Fair Employment and Housing.