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An Empowered Community Working to Change Police Relations

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The Building Trust Partnership supports religious leaders in San Diego who are working to improve relationships between community members and law enforcement. These cohorts design and implement initiatives that have the power to change the dynamics between police and communities to make our neighborhoods safer.

The Building Trust Partnership Cohort in Southeastern San Diego has created a community education series to empower the residents of Southeastern San Diego to better understand and engage with law enforcement. We hope you will join us for one or all of the events in this six-part series.


Workshop One: "The Stop"

When an officer stops you, in your car or on the street, the interaction can look many different ways especially based on who is conducting the stop. Learn the proper procedures during a traffic stop and what actions to take if your rights are violated.

Date: October 1

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Jackie Robinson YMCA

Speakers: Geneviéve Jones-Wright (Deputy Public Defender) and Maurice Turman (Law Enforcement Professional)


Workshop Two: Immigration Update: Roles of Different Law Enforcement Agencies

Better understand the differences between law enforcement agencies such as SDPD, ICE, and the Sheriff's Department, how they engage with each other, and make an informed decision about how to engage with your local police.

Date: October 29

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Christ the King Church

Speakers: Lt. Ernesto Servin (Chief's Advisory Board Liaison to the Latino Community), Esmeralda "Esme" Flores (Immigrant Rights and Binational Affairs Advocate, ACLU), and Dinora Reyna (SDOP Lead Community Organizer)

*Headsets with translation for Spanish-Speakers will be provided*


Workshop Three: Trauma in Your Community - How it affects everyone and the role of religious leaders in processing it.

Violence in and around our community creates stress and trauma, even if you are not directly involved. Learn what trauma is, its effects, how to recognize it, and health ways to cope with trauma while still being an advocate for your community.

Date: December 3

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Lincoln High School

Speakers: Tasha Williamson (San Diego Compassion Project), Bevelynn Bravo (Mothers with a Message), and Dana Brown (ACEs Connection)


Workshop Four: Knowing Your Rights Beyond the Stop

To make sure law enforcement respects our rifhts and to hold them accountable if a violation occurs, we must first understand wht our rights are. Better understand your rights in situations like being 4th waivered and what police sexual misconduct looks like and what actions to take when your rights are violated.

Date: January 2019

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: TBD


Workshop Five: Understanding The System: From Arrest to the DA, Your Defense, the Judge, and Sentencing

The legal system can be intimidating, especially when you are not familiar with who all the actors are and what roles they play. Learn what to expect at each step in the process.

Date: February 2019

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: TBD


Workshop Six: AB 953 - What does it do? What does it mean to you?

In July, the first report under AB 953, the Racial Identity and Profiling Act will be published. Come learn how you will be affected and how to hold law enforcement accountable.

Date: March 2019

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: TBD



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