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Ashlynn Conner, a fifth-grader, had complained of bullying for two years. After the most recent episode, Ashlynn asked to be home-schooled and her mother promised to take her for a chat with the principal the following Monday. The next night, her older sister found her hanging by a scarf in her bedroom closet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yet another example of the horrific things happening in our society because people still judge other people for everything but how they behave,â&#x20AC;? says Shay Dawkins, author of The Good News: How Revealing Delusions in Christianity Will Bring Peace to All (www.thegoodnewsbook.com), an analysis of the Bible that compares contemporary Christian values with scripture.

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Brendan Johnson was nominated by the President as the 40th United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on October 15, 2009. Brendan serves as South Dakotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief federal law enforcement officer and supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of civil matters in which the United States government has an interest. What are the responsibilities of How does your work impact the the United States Attorney`s Latino community? This community is very important Office in SD? Our office has many responsibilities, one of the key is that we are responsible for national security in South Dakota. We also take care to prosecute cases of human trafficking, drugs, fraud to property, etc..

to me. One of our obligations is to pursue illegal immigration, as well as defending civil rights. When there is a crime in their community, I want them to feel and know that this office is here to help.

Do you have personal experience working with minority communities in SD?

Describe the role your office plays when it comes to illegal immigration.

I have experience working with minorities in general. In fact, 4 years ago my wife and I adopted two children from Ethiopia, and I must say that bringing 2 kids to this community that don´t speak the language was a big challenge for us and we could experience firsthand the process of adaptation of a minority in our state. I think we should let them see that they are a very important part of our community and make others understand that we should feel lucky to have them here.

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One of the ways we are involved with illegal immigration is, for example, when someone has previously been deported from USA. The second time they are deported it is seen as a criminal action, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when our office has to get involved.

What are the biggest concerns that you have when it comes to protecting and serving the Latino community?

My main concern is that they feel safe especially when reporting a crime. Do not feel constrained by the language. If anyone knows of an human trafficking issue, or a violation of civil rights, those are issues that interest me. Be sure there is not discrimination based on their origin or the skin color, make them feel part of the community and make them sure that their rights are also protected.


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