Chicago: Mayor Brandon Johnson’s Commission on Human Relations will release the First Annual Hate Crime and Hate Incident Report
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CHICAGO ~ Chicago Commission on Human Relations Releases First Annual Hate Crime and Hate Incident Report

On June 27, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) will unveil the City of Chicago's first annual Hate Crime and Hate Incident Report at a joint hearing of the Committee on Health and Human Relations and Committee on Public Safety. This hearing will provide city officials with an opportunity to discuss the current state of hate crimes and hate incidents in Chicago.

The joint hearing is being held in accordance with a provision in the city's hate crimes ordinance, which was amended in December 2023 to include hate incidents. This amendment also requires the CCHR to present an annual report on hate crimes and hate incidents to the joint committee.

Mayor Brandon Johnson expressed his commitment to promoting inclusivity and safety for all residents, stating, "As a city, we stand united against hate in all its forms. This report highlights our efforts in addressing hate and reaffirms our dedication to transparency, accountability, and justice in Chicago."

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CCHR Chair and Commissioner Nancy C. Andrade will present an overview of the report during the joint committee meeting. She stated, "The CCHR is proud to share its report with the committee, which provides insights on our work in addressing hate crimes and hate incidents in Chicago. Hate against any group or individual is unacceptable, and we are working closely with partners such as the Chicago Police Department to prevent these acts from impacting our residents."

Under the ordinance, hate incidents are non-criminal acts that target victims based on their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or other protected class. It is crucial that these incidents are reported so that law enforcement can track them as they may be precursors to more severe hate crimes.

The City's response to hate crimes and incidents includes providing enhanced support services for victims, increasing public awareness campaigns, and strengthening partnerships with community organizations. The commitment to transparency and accountability is essential for building trust within the community and ensuring the safety of all residents.

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Although the hate crimes ordinance has been in effect since 1989, it did not address hate incidents until the recent amendment. This change, which went into effect on January 24, 2024, requires the City to track reports of hate incidents through its 311 hotline. The Chicago Police Department and CCHR work together to address these incidents, and the Department of Streets and Sanitation promptly removes any hateful graffiti following police investigations.

The CCHR serves as the civil rights agency for the City of Chicago and takes a proactive approach to prevent hate crimes. They offer human relations workshops on topics such as bullying, conflict resolution, and hate crimes, as well as facilitate peace circles for youth and adults in both English and Spanish. The agency also advocates for and assists victims of hate crimes.

In addition to addressing hate crimes and incidents, the CCHR also mediates community tensions and investigates complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit. For more information on their services, individuals can contact the CCHR at or 312-744-4111.

The release of this annual report marks a significant step towards promoting inclusivity and combating hate in Chicago. Through transparency and collaboration with community partners, city officials are dedicated to creating a safe environment for all residents.

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