LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved a motion by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis on addressing the service gap in the County’s Commission on Human Relations LA vs. Hate Program.
“LA vs. Hate is a program that is building needed infrastructure that can engage the community to report acts of hate not previously known, captures those hate acts for analysis, offer free assistance to people experiencing hostility, provide technical assistance, and expand practices for preventing hate violence in LA County. However, without critical, sustained County funds there will be both service gaps and the inability to respond quickly to data-driven priorities, such as the initiatives noted here. It is time to ensure the work continues with sustainable ongoing funding so that the looming threat of a service gap is one that victims and survivors of hate do not have to contend with on top of their trauma.”
Data demonstrates that hate violence is not just increasing in 2022 but is likely to be a sustained movement, a movement that needs adept, precise prevention strategies to address the hate violence currently gripping our County. According to local data, there were 1,235 reports/cases created and tracked in the first two years of gathering hate incidents and hate crimes reporting data through LA vs. Hate. In the first year of the LA vs. Hate reporting line, October 2019 to September 2020, there were 491 reports and in year two, October 2020 to September 2021, there were 744 reports, for a total of 1,235 ─ an increase of 66% from year-to-year.
The motion approved today directs the County’s Chief Executive Officer, in collaboration with the Human Relations Commission, to report back during the 2022-23 Supplemental Budget phase with a recommendation to provide at least $2.6 million of ongoing funding to support the LA vs. Hate program. Additionally, the motion directs the support of state and federal legislation that advances funding, support, and advocacy for victims and survivors of hate incidents.
To read the full motion, click here.