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Lisette Garcia 

From:  Carswell, Amy (Advocacy)   
Sent:  Monday, April 16, 2012 2:50  
To:  Battles, Thomas (CRS)  
Subject:  RE: DOJ 'peacemakers' helped Sanford stay cool amid rising tensions  

Thats why make the big bucks. 
From: Battles, Thomas (CRS) [] Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 2:44 
To: Carswell, Amy (Advocacy); Duprey Robles, Mildred (CRS) 
Subject: RE: DOJ 'peacemakers' helped Sanford stay cool amid rising tensions 

Thank you Partner. You did lots stuff behind the scene make Miami success. will continue work together. 
From: Carswell, Amy (Advocacy) [] Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 2:28 
To: Battles, Thomas (CRS); Duprey Robles, Mildred (CRS) 
Subject: FW: DOJ 'peacemakers' helped Sanford stay cool amid rising tensions
From: Carswell, Amy (Advocacy) Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 2:27 Subject: FW: DOJ 'peacemakers' helped Sanford stay cool amid rising tensions 
FYI: Congratulations our partners, Thomas Battles, Regional Director, and Mildred Robles, MiamiDade Coordinator and their coworkers the U.S. Department Justice Community Relations Service for their outstanding and ongoing efforts reduce tensions and build bridges understanding and respect Sanford, Florida 
From: Oscar Braynon []  Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 2:19 
To: Carswell, Amy (Advocacy) 
Subject: DOJ 'peacemakers' helped Sanford stay cool amid rising tensions 

DOJ 'peacemakers' helped Sanford stay cool amid rising tensions 
10:52 p.m. EST, April 15, 2012 Arelis Hernndez, Orlando Sentinel 
When racial tensions flared Sanford, league secretive peacemakers reached out the city's spiritual and civic leaders help cool heated emotions after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed February. When civil-rights organizers wanted demonstrate, these federal workers taught them how peacefully manage crowds. 

They even arranged police escort for college students ensure safe passage for their 40-mile
 march from Daytona Beach Sanford demand justice. national figures and sign-waving protesters grabbed the spotlight after Trayvon's death, 
federal workers from little-known branch the Department Justice labored away behind the
 scenes, quietly brokering deals between the city officials and residents help prevent violence 
and lay the groundwork for peace. 

Even though last week's arrest suspected shooter George Zimmerman calmed some tensions, 
the Community Relations Service will remain Sanford for unspecified period time. "As 
long we're needed," the agency's acting director said.
 The Community Relations Service offers few details about its work. 

City officials, local leaders and residents say these peacekeepers have played key role 
easing tensions during some the most heated moments after Trayvon's shooting. 

"They were there for us," said the Rev. Valarie Houston, pastor Allen Chapel AME Church, 
focal point for the community after the unarmed teen's death. She met the peacekeepers there 
for the first time during March town-hall meeting. "We felt protected," she said. 

Houston said the conciliators told her they act the "eyes and ears the community" and 
provided guidance about keeping their message about nonviolence clear. every rally, community meeting and march, since the shooting, conciliators were there. their Navy blue windbreakers, polo shirts and dark sunglasses, they look like federal agents. 

Their caps are embroidered with the Justice Department's seal. They watch and listen silently. 
But they say little publicly.
When reporters try chat them up, they remain stoic, saying simply they cannot talk the
The peacekeepers have specific mandate outlined the 1964 Civil Rights Act into 
conflict zones within American communities that perceive discrimination feel wronged because their particular race, color national origin.
"We are unique that don't investigate prosecute but foster communication between 
communities," said acting Community Relations Service director Becky Monroe. "The real goal build local capacity deal with these issues."
They negotiate, ameliorate and communicate "under strict confidentiality," Monroe said. 

City officials said when battle lines were drawn and dialogue broke down, they called the

"They work behind the scenes and the trenches make contact with the various 
organizations that are represented," Sanford's Community Development coordinator Andrew 
Thomas said. "They make the connections others the community can't." 

They helped set meeting between the local NAACP and elected officials that led the
 temporary resignation police Chief Bill Lee, said Turner Clayton, Seminole County chapter 
president the National Association for the Advancement Colored People.
 "People are more relaxed and satisfied when they know they have someone from the outside, 
like the DOJ who have ties the community try and relax the emotions," Clayton said. 

Clayton said they don't talk much offer suggestions. But sometimes they officer crucial guidance. 
Thomas Battles, the Southern regional director for Community Relations Service, arranged Thursday meeting between Special Prosecutor Angela Corey and group Sanford ministers, where Corey answered questions and shared her testimony faith. 
The visit came one day after Corey announced her office charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder. being held Seminole County Jail and has bond hearing scheduled for Friday. 
The Rev. Derrick Gay said the meeting with Corey motivated his fellow clergymen declare they will help heal their city. 
"[Battles] said were key the reconciliation process for Sanford," said. "He talked about the power have change things and bring healing." 
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