Content Block Preview: Decenio Afro


People of African descent make up approximately one-third of the population in the Americas, but are often disproportionately affected by violence and conflict. Join us for a live one-hour discussion with civil society and law enforcement representatives from the United States and Honduras to explore best practices in community policing to foster racial equality and build collaborative relationships between law enforcement and civil society. Speakers will share best practices and lessons learned in response to the following questions: What are examples of strategies to build mutual trust and regain lost confidence? What role do minority community liaison units and diversity and equal employment compliance offices play in these efforts? How can civil society and law enforcement better collaborate to reduce violence and make communities safer for everyone? Watch live to hear the answers to these questions and more. Go to to participate and ask your questions during the live program. [Note: Video player and chat space will appear on this page the day before the program.] Program Objectives: Exchange best practices and lessons learned in community policing efforts to foster racial equality and build mutual trust in the Western Hemisphere. Promote the active participation in decisionmaking and the inclusion of historically marginalized groups, including people of African descent, in security discussions in the Americas. Encourage dialogue and partnerships among law enforcement, African descendant communities, and their allies in civil society. Audience: This live online discussion will be open and accessible to everyone, with live and on-demand closed captioning in Spanish. Groups that might be particularly interested include: Law enforcement and government officials in the Americas. Civil society representatives, particularly those who work on issues affecting people of African descent in the Western Hemisphere. Recognizing that people of African descent often have multiple identities, we encourage posts to also reach out to organizations that work with women, LGBTI persons, persons with disabilities, youth, and other groups. Human rights activists, universities, and think tanks focused on community policing and security. Viewing Groups: We strongly encourage U.S. embassies, consulates, American Spaces and other locations supportive of the goals of this webchat to organize viewing groups. We encourage posts to convene a follow-up discussion with participants and provide networking time after the webchat. *New! Closed Session Opportunity for Viewing Groups: Are you looking to invite guests who might prefer to participate in a special closed session with our speakers, immediately following the main program? We are looking to have one to two posts participate in a closed Q&A with our speakers immediately following the livestream. Please email Natalie Breen ([email protected]) to inquire. Video Submission Request: Want to share with us how you support the Decade and be featured in our program? All are welcome to submit a 10- to 20-second video that could be shown during the live program and on State Department social media. Deadline for video submissions is COB Wednesday, May 1 — no exceptions. All video submissions must follow the instructions or will not be used. Instructions are available for download at the bottom of this page. For questions, please contact Natalie Breen at (insert email address). Marketing Materials: Available for download at the bottom of this page. About the Series: This program is the third in a three-part series in support of the U.N. International Decade for People of African Descent (Decade) 2015–2024. The Decade is a global initiative focused on recognition, justice and development, supported by U.S. embassies across the Western Hemisphere. Approximately 200 million people of African descent live in the Americas and are present in every country across the region. Despite progress, people of African descent continue to suffer from higher poverty rates and less access to education and basic health services. Women and LGBTI persons of African descent often face multiple forms of discrimination, making them even more at risk when conflicts arise. The first program in the series focused on political participation and leadership (September 2018), and the second program covered women’s entrepreneurship (November 2018).