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Law Enforcement Learns the ‘Social Media Beat’

It’s no secret: Social media has redefined the way people communicate, especially among the under-30 crowd. Now, law enforcement agencies are catching on and increasingly incorporating social media into their arsenal of crime-fighting tools.

Over the past few months a series of high profile social-media-turned-criminal acts have made headlines — from flash mobs turned violent on the streets of Philadelphia to Atlanta house parties taped off as homicide scenes — and law enforcement has taken note.

Some agencies have been quick to recognize the potential of embracing social media. The Department of Homeland Security, for example, has run a “Social Media Monitoring Center” since early 2009; Correction officials in California have worked directly with Facebook to thwart inmates from accessing social profiles while behind bars; And police in New York formed a special unit to monitor social channels for gang-related and other potential criminal acts.

Training: Special Visas for Kids

The U.S. Immigration Services and Homeland Security will present a special training seminar for Georgia Division of Family Services employees, immigrant children advocates, social workers, community volunteers, and others who work with immigrant children.  Immigrant children who have been abused, neglected, victimized, or abandoned may have humanitarian visa options available that may help these children regain stability, safety, and permanency.  This seminar will provide the technical knowledge you need to identify and assist these children.  Department of Homeland Security HQ policy analysts will be traveling from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta to present this special training.  Details:

SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE VISAS & VICTIMS OF CRIMES and HUMAN TRAFFICKING

DATE / TIME: Thursday,  August 12, 2010 9:00 a.m.  to  12:00 noon

LOCATION:   US Citizenship & Immigration Services, 2150 Parklake Drive NE, Atlanta, GA  30345,  Second floor Ceremony Room

PARKING:  Free

SECURITY NOTE:  All visitors subject to airport-style security screening

CONTACT:   Joseph.Kernan@DHS.gov or     phone 770-508-1862