McCain Institute’s Director of Prevention and National Security Brette Steele gave expert testimony this week before the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. In the hearing, Confronting White Supremacy: Adequacy of the Federal Response, Steele provided specific recommendations on how the U.S. must invest in prevention, improve hate crime reporting and create new statutes to better deal with domestic terrorism.

Steele also explained how the McCain Institute is positioned to fill gaps in the federal prevention infrastructure, giving as an example the sponsorship of a university peer-to-peer competition for innovative campaigns to counter online extremism. During questioning, she gave advice on how the Departments of Health & Human Services (HHS), Labor and Education can assist law enforcement with prevention of violent extremism.

Steele is the former regional director of strategic engagement for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Terrorism Prevention Partnerships. She also established and served as deputy director of the U.S. Countering Violent Extremism Task Force.

Read her written testimony here, and click on the photo below to see her oral testimony.

Earlier on the same day, Steele joined a panel discussion on the same topic at the AJC 2019 Global Forum. See that panel here.