United Against Hate
United Against Hate:
Identifying, Reporting and Preventing Hate Crimes
United Against Hate is a nationwide Department of Justice initiative to combat unlawful acts of hate. This initiative will connect federal, state and local law enforcement with communities in order to build trust and encourage people to report hate crimes and incidents.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland (USAO-MD) is launching its United Against Hate initiative this spring. Together with our local partners, USAO-MD’s United Against Hate campaign will empower local residents and communities to stand against racism and discrimination and alter the course of growing intolerance. Creating inclusion and equity are vital to building healthy and resilient communities. When cities and residents work together against hate, we can restore respect, embrace the strength of diversity and build inclusive and equitable communities for all.
Goals of the United Against Hate Community Outreach Program:
- Increase community understanding and reporting of hate crimes and incidents;
- Build trust between the Department of Justice and the communities we serve; and
- Create and strengthen alliances to combat hate between USAOs, federal, state, and local law enforcement and other government partners and community organizations.
Through using hypothetical scenarios and video clips depicting real-life hate crime cases and stories, United Against Hate promotes robust interaction between community members and law enforcement participants. Program topics will include: defining hate crimes versus hate incidents; the importance of reporting unlawful acts of hate; providing options for responding to hate incidents when situations do not constitute a federal or state crime; and distinguishing unlawful conduct from protected First Amendment activity, including identifying protected speech versus speech that advocates violence or encourages people to commit hate crimes.
Please check back for details on upcoming United Against Hate events in Maryland.
FBI’s 2022 Hate Crime Statistics: https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes/hate-crime-statistics
Facts on Maryland Hate Crime Incidents: https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes/state-specific-information/maryland
Hate Crime Case Examples: https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes/hate-crimes-case-examples
Report a Civil Rights Violation:
To report a hate crime, contact the FBI Baltimore field office (covers entire state of Maryland) at (410) 265-8080 or www.tips.fbi.gov.
To report a civil rights violation that is civil in nature, please use our Civil Rights Complaint Form