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First federal hate crimes conference held in Atlanta

Dennis Shepard, father of Matthew Shepard, speaks at an Atlanta conference on hate crimes

More than 300 law enforcement and community organization representatives attended the inaugural Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act community conference at Georgia State University on May 18.

Hosted by the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office, the conference was designed to detail the new federal hate crimes act signed into law by President Obama on Oct. 28, 2009.