Source: U.S. Department of Justice
On June 27, 2003 U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release stating that "The U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) will sponsor an Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Awareness and Protocol Seminar for law enforcement, local officials, and community leaders.. The seminar is cosponsored by the Florida Commission on Human Relations, Florida State University, the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, the Miami Dade Community Relations Board, the City of Miami Community Relations Board, the Miami Dade County Independent Review Panel, and the National Conference for Community and Justice... This is one of a series of educational 'train the trainer' seminars for community leaders, law enforcement, Federal, State, and local officials. 'Train the trainer' seminars are sponsored by the Community Relations Service as a continuation of its efforts to address issues affecting Arab, Muslim, and Sikh populations in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Community dialogues, forums, and cultural awareness and protocol seminars sponsored by CRS to assist and educate citizens, officials, and law enforcement about the Arab, Muslim, and Sikh cultures have been effective in defusing racial tensions towards members of those communities. Community representatives from throughout the Southeast Region will be attending the seminar. The cultural awareness presentations will be made by members of the Arab, Muslim, and Sikh communities."