In July and August of 2020, DOJ’s Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division (CVSSD) and Civil Rights Unit held twelve community conversations with people from demographic groups who have historically been discriminated against, experienced exclusion, and who are currently impacted by ongoing inequity. The sessions were a continuation of in-person discussions begun in the Fall of 2019 by DOJ’s Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division.
Our Summer 2020 Community Conversations included population-specific sessions for the following communities:
- Religious Minority
- Black/African American
- Asian and Pacific Islander
- Undocumented/Migrant Farm Worker
- Houseless/Mental Illness/Addictions
- American Indian/Alaska Native
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Refugee/Immigrant communities
Future Community Conversations will include separate sessions for Asian and Pacific Islander communities, Blind/Low Sight communities, LGB people of color as well as trans/2-Spirit people of color, and an additional session for people of color more broadly.
The Summer 2020 conversations focused on topics such as access, voice, justice, profiling, institutional racism and discrimination, implicit bias, and explicit hate. These conversations were intended to help DOJ better understand the needs and challenges of these communities, the barriers they face when interacting with DOJ and DOJ-funded programs, and to improve these programs and services to specifically meet the needs of individuals from these communities, not just dominant-culture Oregonians.
We anticipate holding our next series of Community Conversations in Spring 2021. Please contact us at Community@doj.state.or.us with any questions.