HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) – Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner announced Dena Marks as the recipient of the 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. The Houston Office honors Marks for 19 years of significant civil rights contributions which affected positive change and growth to make our communities safer and stronger.
Marks currently serves as the Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Southwest Regional Office, one of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations whose mission is to secure justice and fair treatment for all.
In her leadership role, Marks seeks to prevent hate crimes and terrorism by building relationships between the community and law enforcement.
Her work in Houston ranges from training foreign consulates on how to address hate crimes to educating law enforcement on extremist groups and their histories. She promotes respect and inclusion with innovative curriculums to teach Houston’s diverse communities about hate crimes. Marks works to empower communities and help them build avenues of collaboration and respect.
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Marks is a 2009 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy Program.
The Director’s Community Leadership Award was established in 1990 by the FBI to publicly recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America.
FBI Director Christopher Wray will formally recognize Marks during the Director’s Community Leadership Award ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018.