MCC hosts 2nd annual legal justice system orientation

Fort Wayne Multi Cultural Council.

Press release from the Fort Wayne Multi Cultural Council:

MCC hosts 2nd annual legal justice system orientation

(October 11, 2010) – For the second year in a row, the Multicultural Council of Fort Wayne is sponsoring an Orientation to the Legal Justice System.  This is a FREE event to help representatives of non-profit agencies and community members who advocate on behalf of immigrants and refugees better serve their clients.

The training, a project of the Multicultural Council’s Public Safety Work Group, is Friday, Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The program will start at the Fort Wayne Police Department and will also include a tour of the City-County Building and Allen County Courthouse. Lunch and transportation to and from the City-County Building will be provided. The 2010 event will include a refresher on topics covered last year as well some new workshops and guest speakers. Participants will learn how to navigate key offices in city and county government, how to properly file a police report and obtain a protective order, and how to become a court interpreter. There will also be an emergency and safety services resource fair.

“Many of our clients are unfamiliar with the legal system here, as our some of the advocates who work on their behalf,” says Aja Michael, an education advocate with YWCA of Northeast Indiana and one of the organizers of the event. “We hope this training can help remove some of the barriers that exist and encourage people to report crimes and make use of the resources available to them.”

More than 30 people have signed up for the training. Registration is now closed but members of the media are invited to come to the event to promote the important work being done by the MCC.

For more information, contact the MCC at or call Cathy Maggert at 449-7741.


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