[Michigan- June 10 , 2022]: The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joined several community leaders in a meeting organized and facilitated by the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Detroit leadership on June 8, 2022.
The meeting included Nawar Shora, Senior Community Relations Manager, with the office of Intergovernmental Public Liaison, Office of the Commissioner and Mr. Sameer Hossain, Senior Advisor, Community Engagement Section of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The meeting included an open discussion regarding the CBP functions at the ports of entries, both through Air and land.
CBP leaders’ engagement with the community leaders helps in addressing issues of common interests and concerns. Both the CBP team and the DHS guests from Washington provided a range of responses and reaffirmed their commitment to advance this community engagement advancing trust and understanding.
Community leaders and the CBP team members including Mr. Shora and Mr. Hossain expressed commitment to continuing the active engagement with the community at large as well as to advance it. Following the discussion session, CBP command conducted a tour of the Ambassador Bridge Cargo facility. This tour is AHRC’s second following a prior visit and tours to the CBP operational facilities at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).
AHRC commends CBP and its leadership in Detroit for organizing these important events. AHRC truly appreciates the participation of both Mr. Shora and Mr. Hossain from the DHS headquarters office. Their presence signals the importance the government puts on engagement and building bridges with the diverse communities of Detroit.
“Thank you for joining us on Wednesday for our community roundtable event. We value your input and hope to continue our dialogue,” said Mr. Youssef Fawaz, Public Affairs/Border Community Liaison, with CBP’s Detroit Field Office. “Once again thank you for your partnership and we look forward to continuing to build positive relationships and trust in the communities we live, work and play in,” concluded Mr. Fawaz.
“Community and government agencies’ constructive engagement and dialogue are critical to building trust and understanding,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “We see serious efforts at engagement from the government side and the civil society,” added Hamad. “Building trust advances the cooperation needed to address any matter of interest or concern that may arise,” concluded Hamad.
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