CGCC hosted an event focused on the outreach efforts and rule of law approaches by government agencies in the Netherlands and United States to counter the threat of radicalization within communities that could be vulnerable to extremist radicalization and terrorist recruitment. Three panelists offered their perspectives: Ernst Hirsch Ballin, former Minister of Justice and Minister of Home Affairs of the Netherlands; Mazen Basrawi, Counsel in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice; and David Gersten, Director for the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Programs Branch in the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The discussants offered experiences on policies undertaken by their respective government agencies on preventing radicalization in vulnerable communities; outreach to these communities to open dialogue, including Muslim leaders; criminal justice methods to prevent communities from falling to violent extremism; and the issue of civil rights and civil liberties when handling legal cases within the community. The panelists also explored some commonalities and differences between approaches taken by the Netherlands and the United States on preventing radicalization.


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