Gwinnett County Government hosted the Southeast Asian and American Muslim communities for an inaugural building bridges Initiative. The meet and greet was held at Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
The mission of Gwinnett County Community Outreach Initiative is to strengthen the relationship between Government leaders and the citizens of Gwinnett County. Gwinnett County Chairwoman Honorable Charlotte J. Nash was the visionary behind the County’s first ever outreach initiative which includes communications with diverse constituencies through meaningful dialogue. The event was attended with by Federal Bureau of Investigation, County Commissioners, Georgia State Rep. Pedro Marin, Gwinnett Police and Fire; and FBI Atlanta Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association.
“It is important for all of us in Gwinnett County to enable mutually beneficial communication with law enforcement and policymakers to lay down the solid foundation for a greater partnership, understanding, and citizenship. This relationship must be built on a firm foundation of trust, by involving all citizens – communities, policy makers and law enforcement alike”, said Farooq Mughal, Public Policy Advisor and Managing Partner of MS Global Partners, LLC – Government Affairs Firm.
“The FBI is charged with both enforcing violations of federal civil rights laws and preventing terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. We do the latter by identifying, investigating, and apprehending those individuals who have become radicalized and are conspiring to act against U.S. interests with violence. We feel that we can best address both missions through a meaningful and well established partnership with those communities who are at risk for being targeted for hate crimes and who are also well positioned to report individuals within their communities who exhibit signs of radicalization. It is my sincere hope that we do not see an increase in hate crimes directed towards these communities as I fear may happen as a result of ISIL driven propaganda, but the FBI is well positioned through these community based partnerships to respond if needed.” J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.
Members of the Gwinnett County Commission, Gwinnett State Court, Probate Court, Gwinnett Fire, Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI Atlanta Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association, and the Gwinnett police department spent time networking with the members of the Southeast Asian Americans and American Muslims, and also talked about new ways the Gwinnett diverse communities could increase their partnership and networks with the other communities of Gwinnett County and Government.