Established in 2017, the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes grant program provides funding to strengthen security measures and prevent hate crimes against nonprofit daycares, community centers and cultural museums that may be vulnerable due to their ideology, their beliefs or their mission. Since the inception of the program, more than 500 such projects have been supported by $ 25 million in public funding.
New Yorkers who experience hate or prejudice or witness such incidents can use the new online form to report detailed information about the incident to the New York State Hate Crimes Task Force. Submissions through the form are monitored by the New York State Police and the New York State Division of Human Rights, who may follow up to determine if a crime or act of discrimination in New York State human rights law violation has occurred.
The updated form collects information about the location, time and nature of the incident, as well as the suspected motivation for the bias. Individuals using the form also have the option of providing additional information, including photographs, videos or documents relating to the incident. The old version of the Hate Crimes Task Force’s online reporting form did not collect a standardized set of data on every incident, and the new form will allow the task force to build a more complete picture of hate incidents. and prejudice in New York State.
The new form is accessible on mobile devices and is available in English, as well as in the ten languages covered by the recently extended statewide language access policy: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Italian , Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Yiddish.
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Patrick A. Murphy said, “New York is known for welcoming and promoting diversity. However, there are individuals and groups who continue to threaten organizations because of their culture and beliefs. These funds allow nonprofits to strengthen their facilities and increase security to protect them from hate crimes. ”
New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen saidBias crimes and discrimination are unwelcome here in New York State and will not be tolerated. The safety of those we serve is our number one priority. With this funding, together we will work to protect those who are most vulnerable and at risk for these types of crimes. We want to remind the public that State Police will investigate, to the fullest extent of the law, anyone who attacks a person or group for of its ideals.
Senator Liz Krueger said“The disturbing increase in hate crimes that we have seen in our city, state and country over the past few years is tearing the very fabric that binds our diverse society together. Violence against those who are different from us has no place in a pluralist democracy. I thank Governor Hochul for providing additional support to nonprofits at risk and for taking a stand against the rising tide of hatred.
Senator Toby Ann Stavisky said, “The freedom to safely practice one’s religion is one of the fundamental pillars of our country. This freedom must be protected, especially in response to widespread disinformation campaigns, the increase in hate crimes and the anti-Semitism which is a plague on our society. I want to thank Governor Hochul for making this important funding available so that these organizations can ensure that they are protected from hate threats. ”
Assembly member Nily Rozic said, “As the constant rise of anti-Semitism in New York City has become a wave of undeniable hatred, there is no room for complacency. I commend Governor Hochul for taking action to prevent and address hate crime in New York State. This new security funding and an improved reporting form will help keep New Yorkers safe. We will continue to take action until it is unmistakably clear that New York will not tolerate hatred. “
New York UJA-Federation CEO Eric S. Goldstein said, “The New York UJA Federation is actively working to help ensure the safety and security of thousands of Jewish institutions. But philanthropy alone cannot meet the current challenge, and we are deeply grateful to New York State’s nonprofit security grants program. We thank Governor Hochul and the state for their announcement of a $ 25 million grant program, which will dramatically improve the well-being and safety of all New Yorkers. “
The Director General of Public Affairs of the Orthodox Union, Maury Litwack, said“Governor Hochul’s actions today demonstrate his steadfast commitment to fighting hate throughout New York State. We welcome this release of security funding and the additional grant that will help protect New York City families, communities and institutions. ”
The director of external affairs for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, Vincent LeVien, said, “The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is supporting this funding to help protect all parish schools and places of worship. We stand hand in hand with all faiths to make sure parish schools and places of worship are safe. . “
The Human Rights Division and the State Police have also teamed up to produce a new public service announcement which will be posted on the social media platforms of several state agencies and on their websites.
New York JCRC CEO Gideon Taylor said, “The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York is deeply grateful to Governor Kathy Hochul for her efforts to release the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes grants. Finally, hundreds of successful organizations, which applied in Spring 2020, can use these funds to upgrade their safety equipment, planning and training. Most importantly, the upgrades will help protect thousands of New Yorkers.
Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, director of government relations, said Agudath Israel of America, “Agudath Israel has long been at the forefront of the fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred. We commend Governor Hochul for his strong actions today. These funds, with God’s help, will go a long way in protecting our vulnerable institutions.
Scott Richman, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League NY / NJ, said, “We were delighted to attend Governor Hochul’s appearance today at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The governor’s announced increase in funding for nonprofit hate crime security and a hate crime reporting system are essential steps for New York State to ensure it becomes #NoPlaceforHate. We look forward to working with Governor Hochul and other stakeholders on security initiatives and dealing with incident reports. “
Under New York State law, a person commits a hate crime when they commit a certain offense while selecting the victim based on a perception or belief regarding race, color, l national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, religious practice, age, disability, or sexual orientation, or when they commit certain crimes because of such perceptions or beliefs. Hate crimes can be committed against individuals, groups of individuals, and public or private property.
The New York State Human Rights Act – the nation’s oldest anti-discrimination law – prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, public housing, credit and d ‘other jurisdictions, based on age, race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, military status, legal source of income and other specified categories. Human rights law is enforced by the New York State Division of Human Rights.
There has been an exponential increase in incidents of hate and prejudice targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in New York State and across the country over the past year. A recent report has documented nearly 4,000 incidents across the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
In March 2021, a virtual public forum hosted by the Division of Human Rights brought together community leaders to discuss the impacts of these attacks across the state. The enacted 2022 budget, signed in April 2021, contained millions of dollars in funding to support community organizations fighting discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The hotline, 1-877-NO-HATE-NY, is also available for New Yorkers to call to report a hate crime or if they are aware of a potential bias attack. To report other issues of prejudice or discrimination, visit the New York State Division of Human Rights website here, call 1-888-392-3644, or text HATE to 81336. If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of others, call 911 immediately.