SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell will host a special Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee meeting Wednesday regarding both juvenile domestic violence in Seattle and solutions to the Somali remittance crisis.

Representatives of the United States Department of Justice and the Seattle City Auditor’s office will present their findings relating to juvenile domestic violence in Seattle. Few interventions and prevention services currently exist in Seattle to address this issue. Juvenile domestic violence accounted for 32% of new offenses booked to King County juvenile detention in 2013. 87% of the cases involved youth violence toward a family member, often the mother. The committee will explore the depth of the problem and potential solutions.

The Committee also intends to vote on a resolution that seeks to address the Somali remittance crisis. Seattle has one of the largest Somali populations in the country. In February, the Merchants Bank of California closed down all accounts of Somali-American money transfer operators due to the increasing difficulty of complying with federal money laundering and terrorism financing regulations. More than 73,000 people in Somalia are dependent on financial assistance overseas, and the effect of the account closures has been exacerbated due to Somalia’s lack of a functioning commercial banking system.

WHAT: Juvenile Domestic Violence Briefing and discussion of potential Somali remittance solutions at the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Council Chambers, 2nd floor
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98104

WHO: Councilmembers
Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
Mayor’s Office
Office of the City Auditor
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Diagnostic Center
King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Law Department
Seattle Police Department

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