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Volume 11 No 4
Partners Against Hate: A National Hate Crime Prevention and Intervention Program
LCEF has partnered with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Center for the Study and Prevention of Hate Violence (the Center) on a project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to develop and implement Partners Against Hate, an innovative collaborative designed to create new offline and online resources to support youth hate crime awareness, education, prevention, and intervention.
Partners Against Hate brings together advanced technology with the partner organizations' broad-based networks and extensive experience in developing and implementing hate crimes prevention and intervention initiatives, in order to create a seamless network of interactive programs and activities to combat the insidious phenomenon of youth hate-motivated behavior.
Through Partners Against Hate's resource materials and trainings, youth will gain a greater understanding of effective ways to address prejudice and bias. Meanwhile, their parents, teachers, librarians, as well as criminal justice and youth-service professionals, will be able to access information on promising techniques to prevent and reduce juvenile hate-related behavior. Ultimately, both youth and the significant adults in their lives will be offered the comprehensive offline and online resources, training, and assistance they will need to resist bias and prevent and respond to incidents of hate.
Technology-based communications advances (in particular, the Internet) are providing individuals and organizations interested in preventing juvenile hate crime with the ability to harness technology to advance social change in ways never before imagined. These advances, if utilized to their fullest extent, empower individuals and organizations working in the anti-hate arena to capture knowledge (best practices) from various sources and share that knowledge in an online anti-hate network.
We believe no single anti-hate organization acting by or for itself- even with the capacity to leverage technology that most organizations currently lack- could seize this potential to its maximum impact. What is needed is a concerted and coordinated effort to build capacity significantly among civil and human rights organizations that work in this area to begin utilizing technology innovations to expand and enhance their offline anti-hate activities.
Based on our collective experience, LCEF, the ADL, and the Center believe that an approach that integrates advanced technology expertise with the partner organizations' and others' successful programs, extraordinary networks, and cross-constituency relationships is the most effective way to prevent and reduce incidents of hate crime and promote greater understanding of bias and prejudice among youth. By broadening the partner organizations' extensive "offline" work on hate crime prevention, as well as adapting our approaches for interactive use "online," we will leverage the power of technology to reach the widest possible coalition of individuals of good will, accelerate the speed and ease with which information and technical assistance is shared, add a critical quality of interactivity to existing materials, and sustain the programs and strategies we develop well beyond the life of the project.
The Partners Against Hate project incorporates the following creative and innovative strategies that will integrate advanced communications technologies into efforts to disseminate information and provide training and technical assistance on promising approaches to prevent and reduce juvenile hate crime.
- Joint Hate Crimes Web Site. We will develop and maintain the definitive hate crimes web site on the Internet, which will function as a comprehensive clearinghouse of all hate crime-related information, resources, and tools.
- Partners Against Hate Print and Online Resource Materials. This will involve revising and expanding existing print and online hate crime prevention resources that will be broadly disseminated through our existing coalitions and networks and through our joint web site.
- Partners Against Hate Online Training Sessions and Technical Assistance. We will offer online interactive training and technical assistance on hate crime and hate-related behavior prevention.
- Partners Against Hate On-the-Ground Training. We will provide on-the-ground intensive training and technical assistance in implementing hate crime and hate related-behavior prevention activities and programs. This strategy will also include a "Train-the Trainers" component.
- Project Evaluation. The project will include an evaluation to assess the utility of technical assistance and training offered.
- Partners Against Hate Advisory Group. We will create and convene a diverse advisory group of recognized experts in hate crime prevention and related issues to guide the implementation of the project.
Leadership Conference Education Fund's Primary Role
LCEF's primary role within this project will be to build on both its central position within the broad based civil rights coalition and its technology competence. Thus, LCEF will seek to integrate advanced communications technologies (particularly the Internet) throughout project activities, and to facilitate the exchange of information, materials, and ideas. In addition, given LCEF's position within the coalition and the vast network that relationship provides, LCEF played a significant role with respect to the deliverables addressing the creation of "active partnerships" and an "advisory group of professionals" representative of the broad range of constituencies.