Left to Right: Marian Ryan, Middlesex County District Attorney, Robert Trestan, Esq. Executive Director of the New England Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League;

Robert Bongiorno, Bedford Chief of Police; Imam Hamid Bourote, Director of the Outreach Community and Resource Center in Malden;

and Reverend Traci Jackson Antoine, Director of OVW Domestic/Sexual Violence Project. (courtesy Meghan Kelly)

Middlesex County District Attorney Holds Conference At Nashoba Tech

Recently, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth hosted the annual spring school safety conference,  SECURE XVIII – “Cultural Sensitivity and Civil Rights in Education,” at Nashoba Tech.

Left to Right: Marian Ryan, Middlesex County District Attorney, Robert Trestan, Esq. Executive Director of the New England Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League; Robert Bongiorno, Bedford Chief of Police; Imam Hamid Bourote, Director of the Outreach Community and Resource Center in Malden; and Reverend Traci Jackson Antoine, Director of OVW Domestic/Sexual Violence Project. (courtesy Meghan Kelly)

Left to Right: Marian Ryan, Middlesex County District Attorney, Robert Trestan, Esq. Executive Director of the New England Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League;
Robert Bongiorno, Bedford Chief of Police; Imam Hamid Bourote, Director of the Outreach Community and Resource Center in Malden;
and Reverend Traci Jackson Antoine, Director of OVW Domestic/Sexual Violence Project. (courtesy Meghan Kelly)

The event was part of District Attorney Ryan’s ongoing efforts to bring educators, law enforcement officials, and community members together to keep students safe.

Approximately 200 education professionals received training on inclusion, diversity and cultural sensitivity in schools, creating safe schools and workplaces, understanding federal mandates, and best practices for preparing for the unexpected.

“Middlesex County is an incredibly culturally diverse county and celebrating our differences makes our community stronger,” said District Attorney Ryan. “This event presented new knowledge and information for attendees regarding cultural sensitivity and civil rights, giving them concrete strategies to improve culture and climate in their schools and communities.”

This was the 18th annual conference of the SECURE (Safe and Effective Community Understanding and Response to Emergencies) program. SECURE was created in 1999 as a pilot program in Newton designed to provide participants with an opportunity to experience hands-on training in school and community-based emergency situations.