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2006.01.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Conference on Law Enforcement and the New Immigration April 7

Omaha - The impact of the new immigration on law enforcement is the subject of a conference set for Friday, April 7, at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Omaha.

The conference, "Law Enforcement and The New Immigration," is sponsored by the Police Professionalism Initiative (PPI) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS). 

This one-day event will bring together national and regional experts for a dialogue on the impact of the new immigration on law enforcement, including a discussion of emerging challenges and innovative responses. It is open to all interested law enforcement officials, community representatives, public officials, social service agency personnel and academic researchers.

"This will be the first conference on this subject in the region," said Sam Walker, PPI coordinator and emeritus professor of criminal justice at UNO. "It will be a great opportunity for both citizens and police to learn about some of the innovative programs that agencies have implemented."

Presentations will include:

- Innovative Police Programs in the Context of Rapid Demographic Changes;

- Localizing Immigration Enforcement: Response of Local Agencies to New Federal Requirements; and

- The Social Context: The Police, Latino Families and Social Service Agencies.

"The conference also will address the hotly debated topic of whether local law enforcement agencies should enforce federal immigration laws," said Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and associate professor of sociology at UNO.

There is no registration fee, and lunch will be provided to early registrants. The registration deadline is April 1. Funding for the conference is provided by grants from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information about the conference, contact the UNO Department of Criminal Justice at 402.554.3590 or Walker at samwalker@mail.unomaha.edu.

For more information about the PPI, visit the Web at http://www.policeaccountability.org.

For more information about OLLAS, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/ollas/.

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