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    Report Reveals L.A. County Hate Crimes Second Highest in More than 20 Years

    The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (LACCHR) disclosed its annual report on hate crimes in Los Angeles County for the year 2022.

    Since 1980, LACCHR has meticulously gathered, evaluated, and presented an annual hate crime report based on data submitted by over 100 law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, and community-based organizations. Following two consecutive years of double-digit increases, reported hate crimes in Los Angeles County escalated by 18%, surging from 790 to 929, marking the second-highest figure in over two decades. Over the past eight years, hate crimes have persistently trended upward, experiencing a staggering 143% increase since 2013.

    “The release of the County’s Commission on Human Relations comes at a somber time—a time in which we are seeing what is happening afar having a direct local impact here in LA County,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District. “It is also a reminder that we are not immune and hate and violence continue to impact the lives of Angelenos. To that end, we have doubled our efforts to enact several anti-hate programs led by the Human Relations Commission to help those most impacted by hate – so that they can receive critical support, counseling, and resources to heal from traumatic situations and feel safe again.”

    Key findings in the report underscored Blacks as the most frequent targets of reported hate crimes in the County, anti-Asian hate crimes reaching the second-highest total ever, a historic high in explicitly anti-immigrant hate crimes, and a rise in hate crimes targeting the LGBTQ+ and Jewish communities.

    Commission President Ilan Davidson expressed concern, stating, “We are troubled by the extremely high number of hate crimes in 2022. But we are especially concerned about the huge increases in hate crimes targeting the African American and Jewish communities.”

    Robin Toma, the Commission’s Executive Director, highlighted the national context, saying, “2022 witnessed deepening divides across the U.S. along lines of political party, race, sexual orientation, religion, and gender identity.” Toma added, “Against this backdrop, hate crimes across the nation, including L.A. County, reached historic highs, which reflect more bias-motivated crime, but also better reporting, thanks to our anti-hate program LA vs Hate: it’s helped over 2,700 victims of hate motivated bullying, verbal harassment, threats, and hate crimes in our county since it began, provided us a more complete map of hate crime for our county, and enabled us to carry out more effective hate prevention strategies.”

    The report’s notable findings include:

    • 72% of hate crimes were of a violent nature, marking the second-highest percentage in at least 20 years.
    • Racial, sexual orientation, and religious hate crimes experienced significant growth. Racism constituted 57% of all hate crimes, with racist crimes increasing by 14%, from 476 to 545.
    • African Americans, comprising about 9% of the county’s population, were disproportionately targeted, accounting for 53% of racial hate crime victims.
    • Anti-Latino/a crimes rose by 3%, maintaining their position as the second-largest group of racial victims.
    • Anti-Asian crimes, despite a 25% decline, still recorded the second-largest number in the report’s history.
    • Sexual orientation crimes, comprising 18% of all hate crimes, grew by 20%, with 81% targeting gay men.
    • Religious crimes spiked by 41%, constituting 16% of all hate crimes, with 83% of these crimes being anti-Jewish.
    • There were 44 anti-transgender crimes, the largest number ever documented, with 91% being violent.
    • Hate crimes with anti-immigrant slurs increased by 12%, reaching the largest number ever recorded.
    • Hate crimes committed by gang members comprised 6% of all hate crimes, with 74% being racially motivated.
    • Hate crimes with evidence of white supremacist ideology increased by 66%, reaching the largest number in 13 years.
    • The Metro Service Planning Area (SPA) Region IV reported the largest number of hate crimes, followed by San Fernando Valley SPA Region II.

    In response to the surge in hate crimes, the Board of Supervisors directed LACCHR to launch a multi-year campaign, resulting in the LA vs Hate initiative. The initiative comprises a community-driven marketing campaign, the first government hotline (via 211) for reporting acts of hate, and a network of community agencies providing rapid response, support, advocacy, and hate prevention services.

    Since September 2019, LA vs Hate/211 has received over 2,700 reports of hate, over 800 during the last year alone. Approximately 88% of callers have requested personal assistance, emphasizing the critical need for hate victim support.

    For more information on the LA vs Hate initiative, including shareable graphics ready-made for social media, please visit the website (the database is only searchable back to 2003).


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