Hate Crime Assistance - Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is the nation’s largest community-based provider of LGBT-related legal services, supported by a team of staff and volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals, and interns.

We serve the legal needs of all LGBT people with a special focus on survivors of violence, undocumented immigrants, and transgender people. We also provide workshops, trainings, and technical assistance for institutions and service providers.

All of our services are provided in English or Spanish.

Hate Crime Assistance

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If you’ve experienced an anti-LGBT hate crime, discrimination, harassment, or police misconduct, we can help protect and empower you.

If you’ve experienced a hate crime, please take these actions:

  • Seek medical assistance if you’re injured
  • Make detailed notes, including witness information and any hateful words used
  • Document location, injuries, and property damage with photographs
  • Call us for assistance and support

As a victim, you are entitled to a police report. You are also entitled to a prompt and full investigation. Make sure the police report is recorded as a "hate crime" or "hate incident" and includes as many details as possible, including hateful language used against you.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anti-Violence Project provides comprehensive and affirming services to survivors of violence, including anti-LGBT hate crimes, harassment, police misconduct, and discrimination.

Whether or not you decide to use the legal system or talk to the police, it may be helpful to speak with one of our advocates to learn about your options. Each year we support hundreds of people with services that include:

  • Safety planning and crisis intervention
  • Advocacy with police, services providers, and in the legal system
  • Information about the criminal justice system
  • Court accompaniment
  • Assistance in preparing legal documents and applying for victims’ compensation
  • Referrals to Center staff who can provide counseling and other social services
  • Workshops and trainings on a range of LGBT issues

Department Phone Number: 323-993-7673

What is a hate crime?

Violence, threats, vandalism, and other criminal acts or attempted criminal acts motivated by your actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status, or your actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, or disability are hate crimes. California laws provide additional protections and punishments in cases of hate crimes.

Some hate-motivated incidents, such as homophobic or transphobic name-calling, the display of hate symbols, and the circulation of offensive materials, may not rise to the level of a crime that standing alone can be charged in court. These acts are called hate incidents, and can often escalate into hate crimes. Reporting these hate incidents to the Center and law enforcement alerts us to important trends and also may be helpful if you decide to pursue a restraining order.

What can I do if I have experienced police misconduct?

  • Get the name and badge number of all law enforcement officials involved
  • Document the incident with a detailed written account, photos, and/or recordings
  • File a complaint with the law enforcement agency
  • Call us for assistance and support

 


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