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LGBT Criminal Justice Professionals Meet In Amsterdam

by John McDonald .
Saturday Aug 6, 2016

Diplomats and global law enforcement leaders are meeting this week in the Netherlands for a first of its kind conference.

The World LGBT Conference for Criminal Justice Professionals begins Wednesday and runs through Friday (Aug. 3 to 5) in Amsterdam. Twenty-six countries from six continents are represented at the conference, supported financially by the International Security Fund of the European Commission.

Randy W. Berry, the U.S. State Department's special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons, is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech during the conference's closing ceremony Friday evening.

Fellow American Roddick Colvin, an associate professor in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City (CUNY), is scheduled to speak Thursday about lesbian and gay police associations in the 21st century. Colvin published his first book, Gay and Lesbian Cops: Diversity and Effective Policing, in 2012.

Amsterdam is the host city for Euro Pride 2016 and thousands are expected to attend Canal Parade Saturday.

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