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Congresswoman Wilson Joining House Judiciary Committee Democrats' Briefing on Racial Profiling and Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) announced that she will be participating in a House Judiciary Committee briefing on racial profiling and hate crimes on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm. The briefing will assess the role of the federal government regarding racial profiling and hate crime issues. Rep. Wilson asked for this briefing in response to the Trayvon Martin case. At her request, Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Chairman of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and Robert Parker, former Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department and Community Liaison for the 5,000 Role Models of Excellence project, will provide testimony.  

The parents of Trayvon Martin will be attending the briefing.

The witness list for the briefing will include the following. AFTER the briefing, a media availability will occur in the Rayburn Horseshoe.

What:          Judiciary Democrats Forum: Protecting a “Suspect” Community: Racial Profiling & Hate Crimes
Where:       2226 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC
When:        Tuesday, March 27, 2012, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Witness List:

Panel 1

Rebecca Monroe, Acting Director, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

Panel 2

Prof. Deborah A. Ramirez, Northeastern University School of Law and Executive Director, Partnering for Prevention and Community Safety

Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Project

Robert “Bobby” Parker, Retired, Former Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department

Benjamin Crump, Esq., Counsel to the Martin Family

Davis Stacy, Deputy Legislative Director, Human Rights Campaign

Daniel Gross, President, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence


Rep. Frederica S. Wilson is a first-term Congresswoman representing the 17th District of Florida, including Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward Counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school.