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Readout Of Secretary Johnson And Deputy Secretary Mayorkas' Participation In The White House Summit On Countering Violent Extremism

Release Date: 
February 19, 2015

For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON — Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and other senior members of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) concluded their participation in the three-day White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).

On Feb. 17, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas delivered remarks and introduced Vice President Biden at the CVE Leadership Forum. The event highlighted the Department’s work with three partner cities – Minneapolis/St. Paul, Boston, and Los Angeles – to develop and implement locally-driven prevention efforts. The event focused on lessons learned and best practices with local stakeholders, and how the Department can replicate these efforts around the country. Later, Secretary Johnson delivered remarks at a reception hosted by Google to religious and community leaders, academics, non-government organizations, and social media and technology industry leaders on the importance of public/private collaboration in furthering the Department’s CVE efforts.

Yesterday, Secretary Johnson delivered remarks on the Department’s collaboration with state and local law enforcement to counter and prevent violent extremism. Secretary Johnson emphasized that in the complex and constantly evolving threat environment, our homeland security mission must involve the public. He discussed his recent engagements with local communities in Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Columbus, and Chicago and reiterated that DHS has taken a whole-of-government approach to best support federal, state, and local efforts to counter violent extremism across the country. 

Later, Secretary Johnson participated in a Ministerial on Information Sharing at the Department of State with Administration officials and representatives from 27 countries, where he led a roundtable discussion on international information sharing efforts to counter foreign fighter travel. Secretary Johnson highlighted our close cooperation with international partners to identify terrorist travel, to share information, including through Interpol, and to fulfill obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 2178. DHS draws on this cooperation to carefully and continuously strengthen homeland security.

Today, Secretary Johnson participated with his international counterparts in the third day of the summit hosted by the Department of State. 

DHS will continue to work closely with community, state, local, federal and international partners, to understand violent extremism, support local communities, and support law enforcement.

For more information, visit www.dhs.gov.

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Last Published Date: February 19, 2015
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