Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities on Earth. We at LA Civil Rights believe that diversity is our strength, and it must be cherished and protected. That includes preventing and responding to hate crimes and hate incidents.
What is a Hate Crime?
A hate crime is any criminal act or attempted criminal act directed against a person or persons based on someone's actual or perceived race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. Hate crimes can include (but are not limited to) threats of violence, injury, and property damage.
What is a Hate Incident?
Hate incidents are similar to hate crimes in that the act is directed against a person or persons based on the victim’s actual or perceived race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender. The difference between a hate incident and a hate crime is that a hate incident is not a criminal act. Hate incidents can include (but are not limited to) hate flyers or language distributed or posted in a public space and hate graffiti in public places not directed against a specific target, such as an epithet on a vacant building.
If you are the victim or witness of a hate crime or a hate incident, there are resources available.
Reporting a hate crime or incident:
- Report a hate crime or hate incident to LAPD. All LAPD officers are trained to take hate crime and hate incident reports. Even if you did not experience or witness a hate crime, but a hate incident, reporting it is an important tool to inform the City of Los Angeles with accurate data that can inform City policy. You can report a hate crime at any police station or by calling 9-1-1. You can also call the LAPD tip line at 877-529-3835. Find this information in various languages through the links below.
- Report a hate crime or hate incident using 3-1-1. City of Los Angeles residents can now report hate crimes and hate incidents by calling 3-1-1, visiting myla311.lacity.org, or using the MyLA311 app on their Apple or Android device. You can report anonymously and be provided access to further community-based and crisis care resources.
Report a hate crime or hate incident to LA County. Los Angeles County collects reports regarding hate crimes, hate incidents, and bias-motivated behavior. By filing a report as a victim, witness, or advocate for a victim of hate crimes, hate acts, or bullying, reporters will be referred to resources in their local community and have the option to receive personalized follow up from a 211 care coordinator. Information can be submitted anonymously online, by calling 2-1-1, or by calling (800) 339-6993.
Report hate to a local community organization. Report anti-Asian hate online at Stop AAPI Hate or at Asian Americans Advancing Justice. They provide in-language support including Korean, Chinese, Tagalog, and more. Report discriminatory incidents based on religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or level of ability to the Anti-Defamation League. More local community resources are below.
Multilingual Hate Crime Information Videos
The Los Angeles Police Department has provided informational videos about hate crimes, hate incidents, and how victims can report hate and get help. Please see the videos in various languages below:
Victims Assistance Resources:
The City of Los Angeles City Attorney's Office has a Victims Assistance Portal available in 14 languages with resources for victims of crime, including hate crime. Resources include mental health counseling, support for income loss or injury, and much more. Click here to learn more.
LA vs Hate
LA vs Hate is a community-centered creative campaign to encourage and support all residents of Los Angeles County to unite against, report, and resist hate. Visit this campaign, led by the County of Los Angeles, to find downloadable artwork, graphics, and video series' at lavshate.org.
The Federal Government is increasing its outreach and access to federal hate crime and hate incident resources. Click her to find a guide to federal resources.
- American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee 202-244-2990
- Anti-Defamation League 800-446-2684 or 310-446-8000
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice LA
- Central American Resource Center
- Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) (Spanish and English languages spoken) 213-353-1333
- Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) 213-626-4471
- JQ (LGBTQ+ Jewish organization) 855-574-4577 (855-JQI-HLPS)
- Los Angeles Urban League 323-299-9660
- Mexican-American Bar Association
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
- Mexican-American Opportunity Foundation
- Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) 323-258-6722
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 323-938-5268
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Hate Crimes Task Force
- National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC
- National Association of Latino Elected Officials, Los Angeles
- Lambda Legal (Los Angeles) 213-382-7600
- LA LGBT Center 323-993-7400
- Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office LGBTQ Outreach and Advocacy Program: 213-978-4537
- LAPD Safe Place
- Stop AAPI Hate
- California Attorney General's Victims' Services Unit: (877) 433-9069
- California Department of Fair Employment and Housing: (800) 884-1684
- California Victim Compensation Board: (800) 777-9229
- U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Services: (202) 305-2935
- Find Your Local District Attorney's Office
Being harassed online is never ok, and the iHollaback HeartMob is here to support you. Find a toolbox of resources for stopping online hate here.
If you have been a victim of a hate crime, hare incident, discrimination or harassment, you can find a list of local law firms through LA Represents. This coalition of local law firms was organized to provide free legal help to Los Angeles residents during COVID-19, and includes a number of law firms which may be able assist victims of hate. Click here to learn more.
Resources for City Employees, Interns & Contractors
The City of Los Angeles has developed MyVoiceLA for current and former City employees, contract workers, interns and volunteers, commissioners, elected and appointed officials, and applicants for City employment who are seeking more information about their rights and responsibilities relating to discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation, you can use this portal to submit a complaint at https://myvoicela.org/.
Where Can I Learn More?
Hate crimes and incidents are rising across the nation - including in Los Angeles. It is vital that we track these hate crimes and incidents, so that preventative policies and programs can be developed to keep all Angelenos safe.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) releases reported hate crime statistics within the City of LA each year. Read the 2020 report here.
Explore Justice is a video series which gives an opportunity to challenge our own prejudices by educating ourselves on social justice topics and issues that many are still experiencing today.
What can I do?
iHollaback offers tools and bystander intervention trainings to stop both in-person and online harassment. Learn more about their resources at ihollaback.org.
Know Your Rights & Bystander Intervention Trainings:
LA Civil Rights, in partnership with city agencies and community partners, is launching a training series to share information and resources on hate crimes, including knowing your rights, bystander intervention training, and in-language reporting tools. Click here to sign up for one of our virtual trainings. Dates for upcoming trainings include:
- Jun 29, 2021 05:30 PM - Watch the training here
- Jul 27, 2021 05:30 PM
- Aug 31, 2021 05:30 PM
- Sep 28, 2021 05:30 PM
- Oct 26, 2021 05:30 PM
It's important to know that hate incidents and hate crimes don't come out of nowhere. They rise when bigotry and discrimination is allowed to go unchecked in our communities. Call out hate speech or derogatory language when you hear it and discrimination when you see it.
Whether you are the victim of hate crime or incident, a witness, or an ally looking to help, there is a resource for you. LA Civil Rights is committed to ensuring everyone in Los Angeles is informed of their rights and resources in order to live free from hate.