Attorney General Becerra Launches New Hate Crimes Prevention Webpage

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Webpage highlights resources and important information available to the public and law enforcement

Attorney General Becerra also releases new brochure, protocol and law enforcement bulletin

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Friday launched the new California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) Hate Crimes Prevention webpage offering the public and law enforcement an online platform to view resources and important information. Included on the webpage are information on the Attorney General’s Hate Crime Rapid Response Team, a brochure on how to identify and report hate crimes, an information bulletin for law enforcement that summarizes California hate crimes laws, and services available to victims.

“An attack motivated by hate against one of us is an attack on all of us. We must strive to make California a place of tolerance — hate crimes have no place here,” said Attorney General Becerra. “At the California Department of Justice, we are doing everything in our power to ensure our resources, protocols, and other important public information are accessible to all Californians. This webpage is a one-stop shop for information and resources for those who wish to stay informed about what to do in the event that they encounter or are the victims of a hate crime.”

The webpage’s new features and enhanced interface will help the public navigate information to help them prevent, identify, and report a hate crime. The new interface makes it easier for users to find the information they need, as well as search options that allow for better results, greater user control, and more accurate and streamlined information. Additionally, the user-friendly layout makes it easier to find public information and search the webpage from a mobile device.

As part of the webpage launch, Attorney General Becerra is making available a new brochure that will be offered in nine languages and can be downloaded, printed or shared online.

Attorney General Becerra has also published updated protocols for CA DOJ’s Hate Crime Rapid Response Team. The team, composed of senior officials at the California Department of Justice, stands ready to assist local and federal law enforcement authorities in the identification, arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the perpetrators of significant hate crimes.

In addition, Attorney General Becerra has released an information bulletin for law enforcement agencies across California outlining state laws that prohibit hate crimes and other hate-related acts. The bulletin summarizes the key California criminal and civil laws that prohibit hate crimes and/or provide enhanced penalties for specified hate-related acts.

The new website and updated materials can be accessed at www.oag.ca.gov/hatecrimes.

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