Steve Sprinkle

Representatives from the Northern District of Texas U.S. Attorney’s Office and from the FBI Dallas Field Office present a forum on hate crime prevention tonight, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Cathedral of Hope.

Steve Sprinkle from Brite Divinity School will also be on the program.

Sprinkle is a hate crime survivor and has studied the problem for years. His book Unfinished Lives recounts the lives of people killed in anti-LGBT violence. He called the current 12-plus gay bashings that have happened in a two-month period in Oak Lawn unprecedented.

A DoJ representative will discuss that agency’s role in combatting hate crimes.

Sprinkle said that while the DoJ may work in conjunction with local police in solving bias-related crimes, it doesn’t have to wait to be invited to help in an investigation.

He said the forum should be an important intro to what resources the federal government can bring to confront and prevent hate.

The forum is presented by Cathedral of Hope, Resource Center and Brite Divinity School’s Carpenter Initiative in Gender, Sexuality and Justice.

Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road. 6:30-8:30 p.m.