In the 10 years following the September 11th attacks, BRIDGES meetings have been a forum for open dialogue between the federal government and the Arab-American community in the Detroit area. BRIDGES stands for Building Respect in Diverse Groups to Enhance Sensitivity; the sessions were established shortly after the tragedy to facilitate regular discussion and address community concerns regarding homeland security, violent extremism, and other pertinent issues.
Through BRIDGES meetings, federal agencies and community representatives have worked together to enhance trust between the community and law enforcement, thus strengthening ties and increasing cultural competency and sensitivity. CRCL Officer Margo Schlanger serves as the government co-chair of the group; the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI Special Agent in Charge, ICE, CBP, and other agencies are regular attendees at meetings; and are able to directly address questions and concerns that impact the community.
CRCL Officer Margo Schlanger and staff celebrated BRIDGE’s 10-year milestone, along with community leaders and government officials, at a reception held in Dearborn, Michigan.
By mail or phone:
The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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