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A coalition of Christian and Muslim leaders, all members of a task force formed by the Office of Brooklyn District Attorney, met with DA Charles J. Hynes to discuss issues that impact their community. Tops on the agenda were quality of life issues, including crime prevention and immigration, as well as how closely they, as a group, can work together to effectively address these problems. Hynes agreed, as requested by the Roman Catholic delegation on behalf of their bishop, to open a Brooklyn District Attorney Neighborhood Office near St. Gregory the Great Church, 224 Brooklyn Avenue. These neighborhood offices are where residents can bring their concerns to the DA’s staff without having to leave their own neighborhood. Each office is open one day a week and is staffed by trained counselors who offer assistance on a variety of issues including elder abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, drug or gang activity, prostitution, burglary, robbery identity theft, fraudulent loans and landlord-tenant disputes. Seated (l-r) are Fatima Kendell, Linda Sarsour, and Samira Khatari, and standing (l-r) are David F. Ali, John Abi-Habib, Fr. Donelson Thevenin, Habib Joudeh, Rev. Khader El-Yateem, Dr. Ahamad Jaber, Larry Morrish, Fr. Caleb Buchanan, Katherine Khatari, Jack Malone, and Mary D. Hughes, confidential assistant to the District Attorney. For more, call 718-250-2300.

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