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Public forum addresses Arab-American concerns

Sept. 19, 2006

KALAMAZOO--BRIDGES of Western Michigan is providing an opportunity for an open exchange between Arab-American and Muslim citizens and representatives of federal law enforcement agencies from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in room 210 of the Bernhard Center at Western Michigan University.

Panelists, who will respond to questions from the audience, will include representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Transportation Security Administration. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee also will be represented on the panel.

U.S. Attorney Margaret M. Chiara will introduce the program, and Imad Hamad of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee will make closing remarks.

BRIDGES is an acronym for Building Respect In Diverse Groups to Enhance Sensitivity. For more information about BRIDGES or the forum, contact Karrie Wichtman in the U.S. Attorney's Office, Grand Rapids, Mich., at (616) 456-2404.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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