Great strides have been made locally, statewide and nationally in the ongoing effort to secure safe communities for all and vigilantly prosecute crimes motivated by hate. In 2009, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, making hate-motivated crime against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression a federal offense, granting the federal government more latitude to investigate hate crimes otherwise dismissed by local authorities and requiring the Federal Bureau of Investigation to track hate crime statistics against transgender people. This is the first act of Congress to extend protections to transgender Americans.
The Center works with civic and community leaders to encourage the reporting of hate-motivated incidents, connect victims of hate crimes to supportive resources, and educate the community about the investigation and prosecution process. In addition, we monitor local and national trends, and collaborate with other communities vulnerable to hate crime to raise public awareness.
If you believe you’ve been the victim of a hate crime, call 911 or report the incident to the San Diego Police Department online,
To file a report with the FBI, click here.
To learn more about local resources for victims of hate crime, visit the San Diego County District Attorney’s Hate Crimes webpage.
If you’d like information about national hate crime trends, click here.
To learn more about the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, click here.
You may also contact The Center’s Chief Public Affairs & Civic Engagement Officer at 619.692.2077 x103 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.