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For Immediate Release

July 13, 2009 Sha Niolon, Deputy U.S. Marshal
E/LA G.R.E.A.T. Coordinator (504) 589-6079 Dial 1
Eastern District of Louisiana United States Marshals Service Sponsoring G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camp to Combat Violence in the Hollygrove Community

The Eastern District of Louisiana (E/LA) United States Marshals Service is reaching out to the Hollygrove Community through the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.) by sponsoring a summer camp in conjunction with the Trinity Christian Community Center (TCC) from July 13-17, 2009, at 3908 Joliet St. New Orleans, LA. The G.R.E.A.T. program is a cooperative effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance. The program is designed to reduce gang violence through classroom instruction and various learning activities. The program’s instruction focuses on helping youths avoid gang membership, prevent violence and criminal activity, develop a positive relationship with law enforcement, and teach life skills.

The Trinity Christian Community Center was started in 1967 by Rev. Bill Brown with a mission to help guide their community into a safe place to live, work, and play. In 1998 Rev. Brown stepped down as executive director leaving the center in the hands of his son, Kevin Brown. Kevin Brown has continued the mission his father started without falter. He has rebuilt numerous homes in the Hollygrove community pre and post Hurricane Katrina. He was recognized by former U.S. President George W. Bush for his outstanding citizenship and commitment to the community.

A.A.R.P. Louisiana through the national A.A.R.P. identified the Hollygrove area of New Orleans as a place to effect positive change and develop a better area for retired persons to reside. A.A.R.P. efforts at improvement/assistance focus on four areas: health care, public transportation, business development, and crime reduction. The A.A.R.P. recently hosted meetings in the New Orleans area and invited persons that could assist in the above areas. The E/LA U.S. Marshals Service G.R.E.A.T. program partnered with TCC in an effort to use G.R.E.A.T. to help fight future violent crime and to develop a positive relationship for law enforcement with the Hollygrove community.

The U.S. Marshals Service G.R.E.A.T. deputies have a fun filled week planned for the kids. The summer camp consists of G.R.E.A.T lessons, a community project, and field trips. The kids’ community project is the Hollygrove Market and Farm at 8301 Olive St., New Orleans, LA. Kevin Fitzwilliam, Director of Education and Community Outreach, will be teaching the kids the importance of the farm and put them to work so they can make a difference in the community. The G.R.E.A.T. summer camp field trips include a SWAT demonstration by Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, a tour of the E/LA Federal Courthouse hosted by E/LA U.S. District Court Judge Helen G. Berrigan, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Chez Clay, and Kids Party Adventure. The U.S. Marshals Service goal is to not only provide the G.R.E.A.T program to the community but also to help build a positive relationship between law enforcement and the Hollygrove community.

The E/LA U.S. Marshals Service is partnered with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology (MLK), Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School, the New Orleans Police Department, NFL YET Boys and Girls Club, the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office and its Young Marines Program, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) New Orleans Field Office, the National Park Service, Rev. Willie Gable/Progressive Baptist Church, and the Orleans Parish Recovery School District.

For further information about G.R.E.A.T. contact the U.S. Marshals Service E/LA at (504)589-6079 Dial 1 or visit the G.R.E.A.T. website at For further information on the U.S. Marshals Service visit

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