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:
- 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 tipline at 877-529-3835.
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.
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.
- American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee 202-244-2990
- Anti-Defamation League 800-446-2684 or 310-446-8000
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice LA
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
How Can I Help?
First, 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.