Miami SAO maintains on-going training and personal development programming to provide Assistant State Attorneys and support staff information on best practices and service excellence. More than 140 Assistant State Attorneys (ASAs) logged into a virtual presentation led by David Barkey from Anti-Defamation League (ADL) covering Hate Crimes statistics, key features, indicators, and offender typology.
Mr. Barkey is ADL’s Senior Counsel and their Southeastern Area Counsel. He provides legal, legislative and public affairs counsel on issues including, discrimination, hate crimes, extremism, free speech, and religious freedom. Mr. Barkey also regularly trains federal, state, and local law enforcement on legal and non-legal aspects of hate crimes.
“We all recognize that the country is experiencing unique problems related to Covid-19, including the related economic issues connected with it. One of the by-products of this crisis may be an increase in the number of reported hate crimes,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “I am proud to have created a Hate Crimes Prosecution Unit which is presently staffed by excellent experienced prosecutors. It represents not just our commitment to upholding the law, but a commitment to making this community as safe as possible for everyone no matter who you are.”