2017 Hate Crimes Summit

Hate crimes send a message to our most vulnerable communities that they are not safe and will be targeted for violence while simply trying to live their lives. Illinois has strong hate crimes laws and yet, a number of obstacles make it difficult for victims to find justice.

In Chicago, a coalition of community advocates, government agencies, and law enforcement officials are working to ease the burden on victims by closing loopholes and creating a highly collaborative response to hate crimes.

Join us on  October 25, 2017 for our 2nd Hate Crime Summit: Bridging Systems Against Hate

What:    The Hate Crime Summit is an opportunity to raise awareness regarding hate crimes, address the barriers to reporting hate crimes, provide opportunities for networking, collaboration and study.  Audiences we seek to serve include educators, law enforcement, general community, researchers, and service providers.

Student poster presentations will be included again in this year’s Summit. Therefore, students with an interest in the interdisciplinary understanding and prevention of hate crimes are invited to participate and submit an abstract for a research poster to display during the Summit. We invite all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to participate.

If you have any questions or would like to apply for a poster presentation, please submit a one-page abstract of your proposed presentation to Joanna Thompson at jthomp45@uic.edu. When crafting your abstract submission, and your poster, please follow the guidelines outlined below:

2017 Hate Crimes Summit Poster Guidelines

Who:     The Hate Crime Coalition are individuals who represent the various stakeholder agencies that work to address the issue of hate crimes, in their respective jurisdiction or areas of expertise. Convened by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) since 2011, the coalition has delivered numerous training and educational forums and delivered the 2014 Hate Crime Summit. Current coalition members include:

                         * Chicago Commission on Human Relations

                         * Chicago Police Department, Civil Rights Unit

                         * Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

                         * FBI

                         * Cook County Sheriff’s Office

                         * Anti-Defamation League

                         * Center on Halsted

                         * University of Illinois at Chicago

                                     - College of Nursing, Alicia Matthews, PhD

                                     - Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Violence, Paul Schewe, PhD

                                     - Title IX Office, Michael Diaz

                                     - Gender and Sexuality Center, Megan Carney

Where: University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted

When:  Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

October will mark the eighth anniversary of the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act that President Obama signed into law in October, 2009.

Why:     The FBI’s most recent annual report of hate crimes noted an increase in the number of reported hate crimes in 2015.[1]  This increase is particularly alarming as it is widely recognized that what is reported to law enforcement is not reflective of the actual number of hate crimes committed.  Hate crimes cause unique harm, both to the victim and to the many targeted communities.  Effective responses to hate crimes require a clear understanding of the nature of hate crimes and the critical importance of reporting.  The Hate Crime Coalition proposes this Summit in commemoration of the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act anniversary and because hate crimes continue to increase and be an everyday reality.

Registration: 8:00 am – 9:00 am (free breakfast provided with registration)

Featured Speakers: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Breakout Session I: 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Lunch: 11:45 am - 12:30pm (free lunch provided with registration)

Lunch time performanceForging From Fire, tells of the various journeys that individual YEPP ensemble members have taken to build lasting relationships and how circumstances, behaviors and choices can create compromising situations. Some of the life-topics they address include physical, verbal and sexual violence, DCFS and the foster care system, incarceration within the trans and gender non-conforming community, domestic violence, self-harm, mental health, and suicide, among many others.

Breakout Session II: 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Breakout Session III: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Close: 3:00pm – 3:30 pm

Learning Credits

  • CEU Credits for Law Enforcement: The Hate Crimes Coalition is pleased to partner with North East Multi-Regional Training (NMRT) Inc. to provide CEU credits for Law Enforcement Officers, free of charge. Officers that are new to the topic of Hate Crimes Statutes are encouraged to begin with the introductory Law Enforcement: Responding to Hate Crimes, taught in coordination with representatives from Cook County State's Attorney and the Chicago Police Department.  Additional workshops in which CEUs can be earned include Active Shooter Training, Disability and Hate Crimes, and Race, Racism & Hate Crimes.

  • CEU credits for Social Workers: Free CEUS will be provided for Licensed Clinical Social Workers and other Master level clinicians attending Intersection Between LGBTQ Youth and Hate Crimes. Center on Halsted is a Registered Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois, Division of Professional Regulation. At the time of the presentation, please register by completing the information on the signing sheet, including your email address. CEU certificates will be emailed at a later date.

  • CLE Credits for Attorneys: The program is eligible for professional responsibility CLE credit in Illinois. A certificate of attendance will be sent to participants after the program.

Volunteer Opportunity

We are currently looking for volunteers to help throughout the day with:

* Registration

* Directing people to their workshop sessions

* Handing out note cards during large Q&A sessions

If you are interested and available in volunteering, please send Joanna an e-mail at jthomp45@uic.edu . 


Special Accommodations

If you need a foreign or sign language interpreter or special accommodations, please call the Commission at (312) 744-4111 (voice) or (312) 744-1088 (TTY) no later than 3pm on Friday, October 20, 2017.




[1] https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2015-hate-crime-statistics-released , the FBI will release 2016 hate crime statistics November of 2017.

Southern Poverty Law Center’s analysis  https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2016/11/14/anti-muslim-hate-crimes-surged-last-year-fueled-hateful-campaign and the Anti-Defamation League’s analysis https://www.adl.org/news/press-releases/adl-urges-more-vigorous-police-data-collection-efforts-in-wake-of-annual-fbi.

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