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The fact is hate crimes are real, on the rise, chronically underreported, and have widespread negative impacts on targeted communities. It is our duty to pay attention, sound the alarm, and work to solve this growing public safety emergency.

About our Hate Crimes Response and Prevention Training

The Creating Safer Communities Hate Crimes Training, offered by the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, provides officers and prosecutors the skills and tools required to improve relations with marginalized communities, while enhancing their understanding of the need for effective and prompt hate crime enforcement. Upon completion of our training, officers and prosecutors will:

  • Be proficient in recognizing and identifying bias indicators when responding to a hate crime.
  • Demonstrate enhanced skills in engaging with victims in a sensitive and respectful manner.
  • Possess the ability to determine what facts are necessary to substantiate the criminal charge and the bias motivation.
  • Understand how prosecutors and police can work together effectively to obtain convictions, and how to accurately report data.

Our Impact

Since May of 2017, we have provided training to over 1,400 law enforcement officers and prosecutors in 45 cities including the following: Knoxville, TN; Providence, RI; Tampa, FL; Brattleboro, VT; Durham, NH; San Antonio, TX; Arlington, TX; Cleveland, OH; Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Hudson County, NJ; Austin, TX, Worcester, MA; Southbridge, MA; Mesa, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Charleston, SC; Orlando, FL; Milton, MA