Hate incidents across the United States are surging, devastating individuals and entire communities. Hundreds of organizations in communities across the country work to combat hate every day. To help combat this increase and support those organizations, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law launched the Stop Hate Project.
The Stop Hate Project seeks to strengthen the capacity of community leaders, law enforcement, and organizations around the country to combat hate by connecting these groups with established legal and social services resources. Please visit 8449nohate.org for our collection of community resources to combat hate.
If you are an individual or institution that was victimized by a hate incident, call 1-844-9-NO-HATE for reporting and resource purposes. Callers receive resources they need as we leverage our national network of pro bono attorneys, connect callers and victims of hate to community organizations, mental health services, and in appropriate cases, provide access to counsel. If you are an advocate looking for resources or want to learn more about how to combat hate in your community, e-mail us at [email protected].
The James Byrd Jr. Center for Stop Hate, in partnership with the Matthew Shepard Foundation, continues to train law enforcement departments across the country on how to better respond to hate crimes. The Creating Safer Hate Crimes Training is designed to train law enforcement officers and prosecutors to identify, investigate, prosecute, and report hate crimes. The trainings help strengthen trust with communities frequently targeted for hate violence and help prosecutors and police work together to accurately report and respond to hateful activity.
Recent trainings were held in Arizona, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Since January 2018, over 1,000 officers and prosecutors across the country have participated in the training.
Our Most Recent Work:
This October marked the 11th Anniversary of President Barack Obama’s signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The milestone hate crime law increased the jurisdiction of the FBI and Department of Justice to investigate bias-motivated violence targeting vulnerable individuals, and expanded federal hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
On Sept. 16, the James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate released Hate in Elections: How Racism and Bigotry Threaten Election Integrity in the United States, a comprehensive overview of how hate crimes and hate incidents can impact the election process. By examining disturbances in the 2018 midterm elections and other recent elections, the report highlights how hate and bigotry are utilized by those seeking to intimidate, dissuade or harass candidates of color and voters from historically marginalized groups. The report also provides an overview of relevant legal frameworks and resources for individuals and candidates who have experienced election-related bigotry.
Key takeaways from Hate in Elections:
- Online hate and the use of social media to commit election–related intimidation has increased. Robocalls, Twitter campaigns, and videos spreading disinformation have become popular tools to harass and misinform historically marginalized voters.
- COVID-19 presents many unique concerns in regards to voting. As leaders continue to use racist rhetoric in talking about the virus, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk of facing hateful activity when they engage in the voting process.
- White supremacist and hateful organizing have targeted both historically marginalized voters and political candidates, making it harder for them to participate in the electoral process.
- Section 11 of the Voting Rights Act and state statutes prohibit voter intimidation. It is important that voters know their rights when faced with election bigotry.
- Voter suppression and hate-motivated behavior is perpetrated by both election officials and the general public. The report includes resources, recommendations, and best practices for voters, candidates, and the general public wishing to protect the right to engage in the electoral process free from hate and intimidation.
Taylor Dumpson Case
In March 2017, Plaintiff was elected as American University’s first female African American student body president. Following the election, Plaintiff was the target of hate crimes targeting her on the basis of her race and gender. On her first day in office, nooses were found hanging around the campus with bananas tied to them. Some bananas had “AKA” written on them – referencing Plaintiff’s historically black sorority. Others read “Harambe bait,” referencing a gorilla killed at the Cincinnati Zoo as a racist and threatening comparison to African Americans. Plaintiff was also harassed through Facebook and Twitter. Andrew Anglin, a known neo-Nazi, posted Plaintiff’s personal information to his white supremacist website, the Daily Stormer, and directed his followers to harass her via social media. A number of people did target her with hate, including the other defendants in this case. As a result of these events, Plaintiff suffered significant injuries and feared for her safety.
In April 2018, the Stop Hate Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law—along with co-counsel from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and Kirkland and Ellis, LLP—initiated this lawsuit against Andrew Anglin, his holding company that owns The Daily Stormer, and a couple individuals who trolled Plaintiff online.
Stop Hate Website
Hate incidents across the United States are surging, devastating individuals and entire communities. Hundreds of organizations in communities across the country work to combat hate every day. To help combat this trend and support those organizations, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law launched the Stop Hate Project in March 2017.
Individuals and organizations that call the hotline receive resources they need as we leverage our national network of pro bono attorneys, connect callers and individuals targeted by hate to community organizations, mental health services, and in appropriate cases, provide access to counsel.
Examples of resources provided have included template letters to make sure undocumented students are admitted to school, support for reaching out to and training law enforcement, and connecting callers with local and national civil rights and service organizations.
The Stop Hate Project works with a broad range of community organizations and seeks to engage organizations to ensure that (1) the resource and reporting hotline is accessible to a diverse range of community members, and (2) that we are developing resources that are most useful to communities on the ground.
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New Report: Enhancing the Response to Hate Crimes
In response to hate crimes and hate incidents, the Lawyers’ Committee and the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) partnered to launch the Enhancing the Response to Hate Crimes Advisory Committee. This expert committee convened leaders in law enforcement, civil rights, and academia for a series of comprehensive discussions examining promising practices for response to hate crimes, as well as how these practices shape community-police relations.
The advisory committee led a collaborative effort to help stakeholders develop specific strategies to enhance their response to hate crimes and hate incidents. As the discussions progressed, the committee members identified five critical issues that are imperative to enhancing hate crimes response practices, as well as an action agenda for community organizations and law enforcement to address each critical issue. The action agenda has three categories of action items—actions that community leaders, civil rights organizations, and law enforcement can take, together, to address these critical issues; actions that community and civil rights organizations can take to proactively engage law enforcement and other stakeholders in combating hate; and actions that law enforcement can take to effectively engage with vulnerable communities, including actions before, during, and after a crisis event.