Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Kentucky Equality Federation to meet with Kentucky and U.S. Department of Justice officials about hate crimes

London, KY -- Kentucky Equality Federation confirmed today that a meeting will be taking place on November 10, 2011 with prosecutors from both the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States Department of Justice to address the recent hate crimes in the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Equality Federation has maintained contact with the United States Department of Justice throughout the reporting of all hate crimes.

The meeting will address concerns Kentucky Equality Federation has raised in previous press releases.

“This meeting has been planned for months, reaching a date acceptable to everyone was the most difficult part,” stated Kentucky Equality Federation President Jordan Palmer. “We applaud officials from the Commonwealth and the United States Department of Justice for addressing our concerns. Mr. Walter Atkinson with the United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service has worked very hard to make this meeting possible.”

“This is an important step forward for the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes across the Commonwealth,” stated Kentucky Equality Federation Chairman of the Board Richard T. Jones. “Kentucky Equality Federation will continue its role as public advocate for people across Kentucky victimized by discrimination, school bullying, and hate crimes.”

Attending for Kentucky Equality Federation:

  • Richard T. Jones, Chairman of the Board
  • Jordan Palmer, President
  • Shannon McKinney, Southern Kentucky Regional Director
  • Tyler Watts, Transgender Outreach Director
  • Minister Edith Baker, Ph.D., Religious Communities Outreach Director


Kentucky Equality Federation
- Office of the President: (877) KEF-5775 – Ext. 5

United States Department of Justice
- Community Relations Service: (202) 305-2935

Kentucky Equality Federation is a member of "ILGA," the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, a non-government observer at the United Nations with consultive status. ILGA is the world's largest and oldest Federation with more than 600 affiliates worldwide. ILGA continues to be active in campaigning for LGBTI rights on the international human rights and civil rights scene and regularly petitions the United Nations and governments. ILGA is represented in around 110 countries across the world.