Registration deadline nears for ‘protecting places of worship’ event

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – Those interested have until Monday to register for an interfaith meeting focused on preventing and responding to hate crimes targeting places of worship.

The “Protecting Places of Worship Forum” is facilitated by the United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service. It will be hosted by the City of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Attendees will learn about the history of religious hate crimes and what steps can be taken to prevent and react to such incidents. It will include lessons on how to fortify churches, mosques and synagogues.

Speakers will include local authorities as well as representatives of the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.

On Tuesday, the man suspected of killing a woman in a shooting at a Southern California synagogue pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges. It is the most recent deadly attack at a U.S. house of worship.

The local forum takes place May 31.

Registration information for the Fort Wayne event is available at The deadline to sign up to participate is May 20. The forum is free and the building is ADA accessible.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley

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