Commission on the State of Hate


About the Commission

The Commission on the State of Hate was established to strengthen California’s efforts to stop hate and promote mutual respect among California’s diverse population. The Commission is charged with the following duties:

  • Publish a rigorous, comprehensive accounting of hate activity in California
  • Engage in fact finding and research on hate activity
  • Host community forums on the state of hate
  • Provide resources and guidance to communities and government officials on how to effectively reduce and respond to hate activity

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Background and Duties of the Commission

In response to a wave of hate crime reports in California, the Commission was established by Assembly Bill 1126 and funding was appropriated in the Budget Act of 2022. Authored by Assemblymember Bloom and signed into law by Governor Newsom in 2021, AB 1126 tasks the Commission with understanding the state of hate in California and developing recommendations for preventing and responding to hate activity. Specifically, the Commission is tasked with monitoring trends in hate activity in the state, engaging in research on hate activity, increasing awareness of the state of hate through public forums and collaborations, and advising local governments, the Governor, the Legislature, and communities on how to prevent and respond to hate activity. Beginning in 2023, the Commission will host at least four community forums per year on the state of hate in California. The Commission will also release an Annual State of Hate Commission Report to provide a comprehensive accounting of hate activity in the state and identify best practices, resources, and recommendations for law enforcement, government officials, and communities to respond to and reduce instances of hate crimes. The first report will be published on or before July 1, 2023.

The Commission is part of the Civil Rights Department (CRD) and is staffed by CRD experts. In addition to receiving, investigating, mediation, and prosecuting complaints of hate violence and other civil rights violations, CRD has numerous anti-hate initiatives, including the CA vs. Hate Resource Line and Network and a Community Conflict Resolution Program.

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Upcoming Events

DATE AND TIME LOCATION AGENDA
December 1, 2022
9:30 am PST
Location: Virtual
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84666319888
and/or 1-669-444-9171
and Meeting ID: 846 6631 9888

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Commission Reports

The Commission on the State of Hate will publish an Annual State of Hate Commission Report by July 1 each year. The first report will be available on or before July 1, 2023.

Resources

Resources for People Targeted by Hate

  • CA vs. Hate Resource Line:

    The CA vs. Hate Resource Line is a non-emergency phone number and online portal to connect individuals to resources if they are targeted for hate. To be connected to a care coordinator at the Resource Line call 1-833-8NO-HATE Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm PST. If you call outside those times, you can leave a message with a request for a return call.

    To request a call from a care coordinator or file a report online, file here: Report a Hate Incident or Hate Crime.

  • California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) – Learning about Eligibility:

    This link will direct you to specific eligibility requirements to receive compensation if you are a victim of a crime and report the crime. Please note that there are other resources available to you in California that do not require reporting to law enforcement.

  • California Victim Compensation Board Local Resources for Hate Crimes:

    This link will allow you to locate local organizations that provide resources and may assist you with applying for compensation if you are a victim of a crime. After clicking the link, you may select the county where you would like to receive resources and select “Hate Crimes.” Based on the selected dropdown options, the search will identify the local District Attorney Office, Trauma Recovery Centers (if any), Witness Assistance Centers and Victim Advocates (if any) and Community-Based Organizations. You don’t have to be eligible for CalVCB-specific resources to access all of these resources.

  • Find a Therapist at CounselingCalifornia.com

    This link provides a searchable directory of licensed therapists, most of whom are members of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

  • Marsy’s Card Resources for Victims of Crime:

    This link will allow you to download a card (Marsy’s Card) in different languages containing information and resources for victims of crime.

Other Resources

Disclaimer: The inclusion of any resource does not constitute an endorsement of the resource by the Civil Rights Department.

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