Gem State Roundup

Public invited to a meeting of ‘United Against Hate’ initiative on Jan. 16 in Caldwell

By: - January 11, 2023 4:00 am
College of Idaho's Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts

United Against Hate is an initiative of the U.S. Attorney General, presided over in Idaho by U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit. The group will meet at The College of Idaho’s Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. in Caldwell. (Christina Lords/Idaho Capital Sun)

Idaho’s top federal prosecutor has joined with the College of Idaho and the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights to host a meeting with other stakeholders to discuss how Idaho law enforcement and others in the community can root out hate crimes and acts of hate in Idaho.

Josh Hurwit, U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho
Josh Hurwit, U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho (Courtesy of U.S. Attorney’s Office)

“In my view, this initiative is particularly timely for Idaho, as we have experienced a series of troubling hate incidents throughout the state in the past several years,” said U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit, in his office’s news release announcing the event. “As Attorney General (Merrick) Garland has said, this is a moment for an all-hands-on-deck approach to combatting unlawful hate.”

The United Against Hate meeting is 1-4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at The College of Idaho’s Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. in Caldwell.

The event is free and is open to the public. Pre-registration is open via EventBrite. The meeting will include stakeholders from the U.S. Department of Justice, including the FBI.

“United Against Hate” is an initiative of the Department of Justice to “create and strengthen trust and partnerships among law enforcement, community leaders and residents,” to combat hate crimes and other hate incidents.

The meeting will include presentations from prosecutors and speakers who have responded to acts of hate in the community.

“I look forward to meeting community members and hearing different perspectives on how we can work together to unite our community in standing up to unlawful hate,” Hurwit said in the news release. “And I am deeply honored to partner with our co-sponsors to prioritize this critical mission.”

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Audrey Dutton
Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton, senior investigative reporter, joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Her favorite topics to cover include health care, business, consumer protection issues and white collar crime. Dutton hails from Twin Falls. She attended college at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Before coming home to Idaho, Dutton worked as a journalist in Minnesota, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dutton's work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, data visualization and more.