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United Against Hate: Building a Comprehensive Response to Hate Crimes

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $399,828)

The Asian Roundtable of Colorado (ARC) proposes to implement UNITED AGAINST HATE: Building a Comprehensive Response to Hate Crimes. The purpose is to expand the work of our Action Against Hate initiative of the past two years that has converted dialogues into outreach, awareness, education, and prevention actions for the most vulnerable among Colorado Asian, Native Hawaiian; Pacific Islanders (AANHPI).

A Hate Free Colorado statewide survey in 2022 reported that 28%, about 1.25 million, of adult Coloradoans experienced a hate crime or bias-motivated incident. Among them, over 70%, are AANHPI. It further said that only 18% of those who experienced a hate crime reported it to the police, and only 29% reported it to anyone. The ARC is committed to intensify anti-Asian hate support for Colorado AANHPI, particularly to immigrants, seniors, and those with limited English language abilities. Our long-term goal is to find cross-cultural resolutions for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Jewish communities who are often victims of bias-motivated attacks.

Our objectives are to enhance victim assistance services with Asian language support and develop effective data collection and reporting. Project activities include building real-time respond capable local reporting channels to capture, respond to and share data; widening support to those affected by the ripple effects of hate crimes; refining hate crime management tools with law enforcement; strengthening language interpretation and culturally relevant court and legal support; expanding the practice of kindness; and advocating for a coordinated statewide governmental public support system for hate crime and bias-motivated violations for all people.

Expected outcomes include the development of multiple secure data reporting tools on Web and App; establish a dependable one-stop Hotline to manage victim requests; build a network of language and culturally sensitive services for victim support; update a geographically relevant resource list; and identifying legislative and governmental avenues to institutionalize public support against hate crime and civil rights violations.

ARC invites subawardee People Advisory Board for New Education & Economic Goodwill (PABNEEG), a Colorado Hmong community nonprofit to deliver hotline management, victim respond, assistance, and to design and build multiplatform digital data-capturing and reporting tools and services.

Date Created: September 27, 2023