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Congressman Ruppersberger visits START

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger spent time at START this month, speaking with students and researchers about the organization’s mission and portfolio of work. Immediate-past ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Ruppersberger spoke with the START team about topics ranging from how geospatial analysis can help us understand human trafficking to radicalization pathways to cyberterrorism.

The Congressman spoke at length with a group of students participating in START’s Countering Violent Extremism Fellowship. The four University of Maryland undergraduate students discussed their new social media campaign to counter violent extremist messaging online. Through the U.S. Department of State’s Peer 2 Peer global competition, the students have launched the “No Hate USA” campaign (National Outreach for Hate Awareness and Threat Education) to give an online platform for messages of tolerance and peace.