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].
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.