Where to Get Help if You are a Victim of a Hate Crime
The non-profit sector offers information and education against hate violence. This list contains a few of the organizations that offer resources or help communities respond to hate-motivated activities. Many of the national organizations have local chapters.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
4805 Mount Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed in 1909 in New York City. The Association has grown to over 2,200 chapters nationwide, including branches in Germany and Japan, and has over 500,000 members. The principal objective of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of minority group citizens among the citizens of the United States. The NAACP is committed to achievement through non-violence and relies upon the press, the petition, the ballot and the courts.
National Urban League
1111 14th Street, N.W., Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
The National Urban League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan community-based agency headquartered in New York City with 113 affiliates in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Its research department, located in Washington, D.C., recently conducted a study entitled "Interracial Violence and Community Conflict: A Study in Symbolic and Competitive Racism." This study had the main objective of analyzing the interrelationships among socio-economic and demographic characteristics and the incidence of interracial violence and conflict.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
4201 Connecticut Ave. N.W., #500
Washington, D.C. 20009
A nonsectarian, nonpartisan service organization committed to defending the rights and promoting the heritage of Arab-Americans. ADC offers advocacy in cases of defamation, legal action in cases of discrimination, and counseling in matters of immigration. ADC has published a series of reports on anti-Arab hate crimes.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
733 15th Street, N.W., Suite 920
Washington, D.C. 20005
A national civil rights organization founded in 1968 to promote and protect civil rights, and specifically, to conduct litigation and advocacy work on behalf of Hispanic Americans. MALDEF primarily focuses on Hispanic immigration issues. National headquarters are located in Los Angeles; regional offices are in San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
National Council of La Raza
1111 19th, NW Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
NCLR conducts policy analysis and advocacy activities in the civil rights arena in order to promote and protect equality of opportunity in education, employment, housing, public services, and public accommodations for all Americans.
Gay and Lesbians
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)
1734 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009-4309
2320 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) is a civil rights organization dedicated to building a movement to promote freedom and full equality for all lesbians and gay men. Its Anti-Violence Project was initiated to promote an appropriate official response to anti-gay violence, improve the treatment of lesbians and gay men by the criminal justice system, and assist local communities in organizing against prejudice and violence. NGLTF reports annually on antigay/lesbian violence, victimization, and defamation. The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force fights hate crime and monitors attacks on civil liberties.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
1101 14th Street NW, Ste. 1030
Washington, DC 20005
Provides support for families of Gays and Lesbians with hundreds of local chapters worldwide.
LA Gay and Lesbian Center
800-373-2227, toll-free number
323-993-7673, local number
The LA Gay & Lesbian Center Anti-Violence Project provides advocacy, counseling, reporting and survivor assistance services for anyone who has been harassed, physically threatened or harmed because of "actual or perceived" (ie., "sexual orientation gender identity and/or HIV status.
American Jewish Committee (AJC)
1156 15th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
The Jacob Blaustein Building
165 East 56th Street
New York, NY 10022-2746
Created to protect the rights of Jews the world over and to combat bigotry and anti-Semitism. The AJC has published "What to Do When the Militia Comes to Town", "Skinheads: Who They Are and What to Do When They Come to Town" and "Bigotry on Campus: A Planned Response."
823 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is a human relations organization with 31 regional offices across the country. ADL is dedicated to promoting intergroup cooperation and interfaith understanding. Over the past decade, ADL has become a leading resource in crafting responses to hate violence, including model hate crime legislation, a 17-minute hate crime training video, a handbook of existing hate crime policies and procedures at both large and small police departments, and a general human relations training program for law enforcement designed to examine the impact of discrimination, while promoting better cultural awareness and increased appreciation for diversity.
National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ)
71 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) was founded in 1927 to combat racism and religious bigotry, to improve communications between different American communities, and to "build bridges of mutual respect." NCCJ uses a combination of methods to achieve its goals including: education, leadership, professional intervention with trained human relations specialists, group meetings, and group dialogues.
Yad Vashem: A site dedicated to the study and remembrance of the Holocaust
Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance
9760 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90035
In November 1977, the Simon Wiesenthal Center was founded. Today, together with its world renowned Museum of Tolerance, it is a 400,000 member strong international center for Holocaust remembrance, the defense of human rights and the Jewish people. With offices throughout the world, the Wiesenthal Center carries on the continuing fight against bigotry and antisemitism and pursues an active agenda of related contemporary issues.
American Citizens for Justice, Inc.
15777 W. Ten Mile Road, Suite 108
Southfield, MI 48075
Seeks to eradicate racism, harassment, and discrimination against Asian Pacific Americans and other minority and ethnic groups through legal consultation, monitoring anti-Asian violence, advocacy, community education, and the Vincent Chin Justice scholarship.
Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC)
1145 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
APALC is working with the City of Los Angeles to improve its response to crimes of hate violence. Through the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission, APALC has participated in the implementation of the Hate Violence Monitoring Resources Order of the Los Angeles Police Department. The program will streamline the tracking of hate violence and will train officers who will be assigned to investigate and properly follow up on hate violence cases.
Cambodian Network Council
713 D Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Organized to serve and educate refugees on their rights in America. Its basic functions are educational programs, refugee funding, and community empowerment; some of the Council’s affiliates also address hate crimes.
Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Community education, legal counseling and advocacy on behalf of victims of anti-Asian violence.
Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV)
191 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009
Founded in 1986 to organize Asian communities in the New York City area to combat racist violence. Through community education and organizing efforts, CAAAV strives to develop leadership within the Asian communities to speak out and effect change in public policies.
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
1765 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
A national nonprofit, educational, human and civil rights organization representing Americans of Japanese ancestry. JACL is headquartered in San Francisco and has 113 chapters, 5 regional offices, and an advocacy office in Washington, D.C. JACL monitors incidents of anti-Asian violence, provides assistance in specific cases, offers a handbook on responding to anti-Asian violence, and participates in seminars on hate crimes.
Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)
1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 707
Washington, D.C. 20036
A national nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization advocating for the welfare of Chinese Americans. OCA has an internal task force on anti-Asian violence. It monitors court cases and is involved with specific cases by acting as legal counsel and providing financial resources. OCA materials include a quarterly newsletter, which offers updates on cases, and a new major publication on hate crimes.