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Anti-Semitism and Home Grown Terrorism

April 28, 2019, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Leo Baeck Temple
1300 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Join the Community of Elders for a special Sunday event as we discuss Anti-Semitism and Home Grown Terrorism with Dr. Erroll G. Southers and Joanna Mendelson.

Dr. Erroll G. Southers is a former FBI Special Agent, Professor of the Practice in National aand Homeland Security, Director of the Safe Communities Institute and Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies at the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy. He is the Director of International Programs for the DHS National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events and RAND Corporation adjunct subject matter expert. He was President Obama’s first nominee for TSA Assistant Secretary and Governor Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure of the California Office of Homeland Security. He served as Assistant Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence at the LAX Police Department, police officer with the Santa Monica Police Department and member of FBI SWAT. Dr. Southers earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and he holds masters and doctoral degrees in public policy from USC.

Joanna Mendelson is the Senior Investigative Researcher & Director of Special Projects for ADL’s Center on Extremism. Mendelson has been with ADL since August 2000. To date, she has trained over 12,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers, prosecutors, military personnel, judges and public officials throughout the country. She has also provided expert witness testimony in numerous criminal cases. Mendelson is honored to represent ADL publicly, sharing her domestic terrorism-related expertise to media outlets such as CNN, CBS, the BBC, the History Channel and National Public Radio. Translating her expertise into activism, Mendelson authored, testified and lobbied on behalf of California legislation addressing paper terrorism tactics used by sovereign citizens, which was signed into law. Mendelson is a 2014 recipient of ADL’s prestigious Senn Award. A magna cum laude graduate of Emory University, with a dual degree in Conflict-Resolution and Spanish, she is now based in Los Angeles.