Policing Hate Crimes Livestream

Policing Hate Crimes: Expanding Definitions of the Violence of Hate

Watch October 18th Program

October 18 at 2:00pm: Watch this discussion of how the Hate Crimes Prevention Act has changed the way hate crimes are investigated and prosecuted in the United States, and how some training organizations like the Matthew Shepard Foundation are helping to provide for law enforcement agencies to better prevent and police hate crimes in their own jurisdictions.

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Moderator

Greg Miraglia

Greg Miraglia

Retired Deputy Police Chief, Napa Valley Railroad Police Department and current founder and president of Out to Protect Inc.

Greg Miraglia is an LGBT activist, college professor of LGBT studies and criminal justice, author, radio host and producer, and professional speaker. He has a Master’s Degree in Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and is a graduate of the California Commission On Peace Officer Standards and Training Master Instructor Development Program.

Mr. Miraglia is a Dean Emeritus at Napa Valley College and currently serves as the program coordinator for Criminal Justice Education and Training and LGBT Studies. He is also a part time member of the faculty at City College of San Francisco and Santa Rosa Junior College. Mr. Miraglia teaches six different LGBT studies courses and a number of criminal justice classes including introduction to administration of justice, community policing, 21st century policing, criminal law, and criminal procedures.

Mr. Miraglia serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Matthew Shepard Foundation and is also a radio program host and producer on Outbeat Radio, a weekly LGBT program on KRCB Radio. In 2023, he was appointed an Ambassador for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and Museum.

Participants

Dr. Brendan Lantz

Dr. Brendan Lantz

Director, Hate Crimes Research and Policy Institute, Florida State University

Brendan Lantz is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the Hate Crime Research and Policy Institute at Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, where he was a Bureau of Justice Statistics Research Fellow. He has conducted extensive research on hate crimes, violence, and victimization, including research funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Minority Health Disparities, and National Science Foundation, among others.

Judy Shepard

Judy Shepard

Board President, Matthew Shepard Foundation

In October 1998, Judy and Dennis Shepard lost their 21-year-old son, Matthew, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Matthew’s death moved many thousands of people around the world to attend vigils and rallies in his memory. Determined to prevent others from suffering their son’s fate, Judy and Dennis decided to turn their grief into action and established the Matthew Shepard Foundation to carry on Matthew’s legacy. The Foundation is dedicated to working toward the causes championed by Matthew during his life: social justice, diversity awareness & education, and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

Judy Shepard is the founding president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Board of Directors, and served as its first executive director as well, from 1999 to 2009. In her continuing role as board president, she travels across the nation speaking to audiences about what they can do as individuals and communities to make this world a more accepting place for everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation. Speaking from a mother’s perspective, Judy also authored a 2009 memoir, “The Meaning of Matthew,” exploring the family’s journey through the prosecution of Matthew’s assailants, the ensuing media coverage, and their continuing work to advance civil rights. Originally trained as a teacher, Mrs. Shepard holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming where she later pursued some post-graduate studies. She and Dennis continue to make their home in Casper, Wyoming.

Dennis Shepard

Dennis Shepard

Board Member Emeritus, Matthew Shepard Foundation

Dennis is the father of Matthew Shepard and has been an advocate for parents’ unconditional love for their LGBT children both during Matt’s life and, very publicly, since the hate-motivated murder in Laramie, Wyoming, which took Matt’s life at age 21. Born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Dennis earned a degree in education from the University of Wyoming before marrying Judy in 1973 and settling in Casper, Wyoming, to raise their family. An oil industry safety specialist, Dennis worked for more than 16 years in safety operations for Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, before retiring from that position in 2009. He has served on the Matthew Shepard Foundation board of directors since the organization’s inception, and currently speaks to audiences around the country, particularly to victims’ advocacy organizations and law enforcement audiences about his experiences and the importance of equal treatment of LGBT crime victims and their loved ones. He and Judy continue to live and work in Casper.

Cynthia M. Deitle

Cynthia M. Deitle

Director, Associate Counsel, Meta; Co-Chair Hate Crimes Subcommittee, IACP

Cynthia M. Deitle, JD, LLM, joined the Civil Rights Team at Meta as their Director, Associate General Counsel in 2021. The Civil Rights Team helps Meta build policies and products with a civil rights perspective from start to finish. Prior to joining Facebook, she served as the Director of Civil Rights Reform at the Matthew Shepard Foundation for four years and led their national hate crime enforcement training program for law enforcement officers and prosecutors. Deitle retired as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after serving for 22 years specializing in civil rights, particularly in the fields of hate crimes, police abuse and misconduct, community outreach, and victims’ rights. She spent ten years in the New York Division working in the Civil Rights Program and served as the lead investigative agent for many high-profile police brutality and hate crime cases. Following the events on September 11, 2001, Deitle volunteered to lead the FBI’s efforts to assist the families who were impacted by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. In 2007, Deitle was promoted to a Supervisory Special Agent position in the Civil Rights Unit and was promoted again in 2008 to Chief of the Civil Rights Unit in the FBI. She devoted considerable time to managing the FBI’s Civil Rights Cold Case Initiative. In 2011, Deitle transferred to the Boston Division to supervise the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Programs. She finished her career in the Knoxville Division.

Deitle is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a cum laude graduate of New England Law Boston where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. Deitle earned a Master of Laws degree in Criminal Law from New York University School of Law and a Master of Laws degree in Constitutional Law from the George Washington University National Law Center.  She is licensed to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and Tennessee. Deitle was featured in a February 2011 episode of 60 Minutes dealing with an unsolved Civil Rights Cold Case investigation in Mississippi, and she appeared in the first season of Investigation Discovery’s series Injustice Files.

Becky Monroe

Becky L. Monroe

Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives for California’s Civil Rights Department; Co-Chair Hate Crimes Subcommittee, IACP

Becky L. Monroe is the Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives for California’s Civil Rights Department. Monroe has worked as a civil rights attorney for over 20 years, with a focus on hate crimes. Before joining the country’s largest state civil rights agency, Monroe worked for the U.S. DOJ as a Consultant and Senior Advisor to Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta. Before moving to California, Monroe led the Fighting Hate and Bias program for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a national coalition of more than 200 civil rights organizations in Washington, D.C., and started the Stop the Hate Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. She worked with civil rights leaders, as well as state, local, and federal law enforcement leaders to develop hate crimes trainings for state and local law enforcement. She also served as Director of the Divided Communities Project at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law. In 2009, Monroe was appointed by President Obama to work for the U.S. DOJ through the end of his Administration in 2017. She led the USDOJ’s Community Relations Service, and then served as Director of Policy and Senior Counselor in the USDOJ’s Civil Rights Division. Monroe was on detail as Senior Policy Advisor for The White House Domestic Policy Council on civil rights issues from 2014 to 2015. Before joining the Administration, Monroe was a legal services lawyer representing low wage immigrant workers and people trafficked for labor. Monroe is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Human and Civil Rights Committee, and currently serves as the co-chair of the Hate Crimes Subcommittee. Monroe is a graduate of Georgetown University and Yale Law School, and served as a clerk to the Honorable Richard A. Paez, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Sergeant Jamie Hyun

Special Investigations Division, San Francisco Police Department

Sergeant Jamie Hyun is a 21-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department. He has worked patrol duties in the city’s Central District, Ingleside District, Mission District and Taraval District. Some of the highlights of Sergeant Hyun’s career include a three year assignment to to plain clothes investigations that focused primarily on illegal marijuana cultivation and an assignment to the Mayor’s Security Detail under San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2013 and as a Sergeant, has been previous assignments included Mission Station Investigations and the Internal Affairs Division. Sergeant Hyun currently serves on the Special Investigations Division as the Hate Crime Coordinator and his role primarily focuses on conducting hate crime investigations within the city of San Francisco.