Hate Crime Victim Help

The non-profit sector offers information and education against hate violence. This list contains a few of the organizations that offer resources or help communities respond to hate-motivated activities. Many of the national organizations have local chapters.

African-Americans

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 

4805 Mount Hope Drive 
Baltimore, MD 21215 
410-358-8900 
410-764-7357 (fax)

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed in 1909 in New York City. The Association has grown to over 2,200 chapters nationwide, including branches in Germany and Japan, and has over 500,000 members. The principal objective of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of minority group citizens among the citizens of the United States. The NAACP is committed to achievement through non-violence and relies upon the press, the petition, the ballot and the courts.

National Urban League

1111 14th Street, N.W., Suite 600 
Washington, DC 20005 
202-989-1604

The National Urban League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan community-based agency headquartered in New York City with 113 affiliates in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Its research department, located in Washington, D.C., recently conducted a study entitled "Interracial Violence and Community Conflict: A Study in Symbolic and Competitive Racism." This study had the main objective of analyzing the interrelationships among socio-economic and demographic characteristics and the incidence of interracial violence and conflict.

American-Arab

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee 

4201 Connecticut Ave. N.W., #500
Washington, D.C. 20009
202-244-2990
202-244-3196 (fax)

A nonsectarian, nonpartisan service organization committed to defending the rights and promoting the heritage of Arab-Americans. ADC offers advocacy in cases of defamation, legal action in cases of discrimination, and counseling in matters of immigration. ADC has published a series of reports on anti-Arab hate crimes.

Hispanics

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) 

733 15th Street, N.W., Suite 920 
Washington, D.C. 20005 
202-628-4074 
202-393-4206 FAX

A national civil rights organization founded in 1968 to promote and protect civil rights, and specifically, to conduct litigation and advocacy work on behalf of Hispanic Americans. MALDEF primarily focuses on Hispanic immigration issues. National headquarters are located in Los Angeles; regional offices are in San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

National Council of La Raza 

1111 19th, NW Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036

NCLR conducts policy analysis and advocacy activities in the civil rights arena in order to promote and protect equality of opportunity in education, employment, housing, public services, and public accommodations for all Americans.

Gay and Lesbians

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) 

1734 14th Street, N.W. 
Washington, DC 20009-4309 
202-332-6483 
202-332-0207

2320 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-332-6483

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) is a civil rights organization dedicated to building a movement to promote freedom and full equality for all lesbians and gay men. Its Anti-Violence Project was initiated to promote an appropriate official response to anti-gay violence, improve the treatment of lesbians and gay men by the criminal justice system, and assist local communities in organizing against prejudice and violence. NGLTF reports annually on antigay/lesbian violence, victimization, and defamation. The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force fights hate crime and monitors attacks on civil liberties.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) 

1101 14th Street NW, Ste. 1030
Washington, DC 20005
202-638-4200

Provides support for families of Gays and Lesbians with hundreds of local chapters worldwide.

Jewish

American Jewish Committee (AJC) 

1156 15th Street, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20005 
202-265-2000 
202-785-4115 FAX

The Jacob Blaustein Building

165 East 56th Street
New York, NY 10022-2746
212-751-4000

Created to protect the rights of Jews the world over and to combat bigotry and anti-Semitism. The AJC has published "What to Do When the Militia Comes to Town", "Skinheads: Who They Are and What to Do When They Come to Town" and "Bigotry on Campus: A Planned Response."

Anti-Defamation League

823 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
212-490-2525
212-867-0779 FAX

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is a human relations organization with 31 regional offices across the country. ADL is dedicated to promoting inter-group cooperation and interfaith understanding. Over the past decade, ADL has become a leading resource in crafting responses to hate violence, including model hate crime legislation, a 17-minute hate crime training video, a handbook of existing hate crime policies and procedures at both large and small police departments, and a general human relations training program for law enforcement designed to examine the impact of discrimination, while promoting better cultural awareness and increased appreciation for diversity.

National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) 

71 Fifth Avenue 
New York, NY 10003 
212-807-8440 
212-727-0166 FAX

The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) was founded in 1927 to combat racism and religious bigotry, to improve communications between different American communities, and to "build bridges of mutual respect." NCCJ uses a combination of methods to achieve its goals including: education, leadership, professional intervention with trained human relations specialists, group meetings, and group dialogues. 
Yad Vashem: A site dedicated to the study and remembrance of the Holocaust

Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance

9760 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90035

In November 1977, the Simon Wiesenthal Center was founded. Today, together with its world renowned Museum of Tolerance, it is a 400,000 member strong international center for Holocaust remembrance, the defense of human rights and the Jewish people. With offices throughout the world, the Wiesenthal Center carries on the continuing fight against bigotry and antisemitism and pursues an active agenda of related contemporary issues.

Asian-Pacific Americans

American Citizens for Justice, Inc. 

15777 W. Ten Mile Road, Suite 108 
Southfield, MI 48075 
313-557-2772

Seeks to eradicate racism, harassment, and discrimination against Asian Pacific Americans and other minority and ethnic groups through legal consultation, monitoring anti-Asian violence, advocacy, community education, and the Vincent Chin Justice scholarship.

Cambodian Network Council 

713 D Street, SE 
Washington, D.C. 20003 
202-546-9144 
202-546-9147 FAX

Organized to serve and educate refugees on their rights in America. Its basic functions are educational programs, refugee funding, and community empowerment; some of the Council’s affiliates also address hate crimes.

Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund 

99 Hudson Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10013
212-966-5932

Community education, legal counseling and advocacy on behalf of victims of anti-Asian violence.

Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV) 

191 East 3rd Street 
New York, NY 10009 
212-473-6485 
212-473-5569 FAX

Founded in 1986 to organize Asian communities in the New York City area to combat racist violence. Through community education and organizing efforts, CAAAV strives to develop leadership within the Asian communities to speak out and effect change in public policies.

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) 

1765 Sutter Street 
San Francisco, CA 94115 
415-921-5225 
415-931-4671 FAX

A national nonprofit, educational, human and civil rights organization representing Americans of Japanese ancestry. JACL is headquartered in San Francisco and has 113 chapters, 5 regional offices, and an advocacy office in Washington, D.C. JACL monitors incidents of anti-Asian violence, provides assistance in specific cases, offers a handbook on responding to anti-Asian violence, and participates in seminars on hate crimes.

Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) 

1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 707 
Washington, D.C. 20036 
202-223-5500 
202-296-0540 FAX

A national nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization advocating for the welfare of Chinese Americans. OCA has an internal task force on anti-Asian violence. It monitors court cases and is involved with specific cases by acting as legal counsel and providing financial resources. OCA materials include a quarterly newsletter, which offers updates on cases, and a new major publication on hate crimes