Under Governor Kathy Hochul’s leadership, the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) launched the Hate and Bias Prevention Unit (HBPU) in December 2022 to help communities combat prejudice and discrimination. The HBPU is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, and the Unit’s mission is focused around two key initiatives: a statewide network of Regional Councils and a Rapid Response Team.
DHR has established 10 Regional Hate and Bias Prevention Councils representing every region across the state (Capital, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Southern Tier, and Western New York). The councils are comprised of a diverse network of public and private stakeholders that include community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, government agencies, and other advocacy groups. These broad and diverse partners will work together in building connections and local capacity to prevent and respond to hate and bias incidents through community engagement and mobilization.
The Councils will provide a place for community members to share information about trends in different areas of the state: develop innovative policy solutions; organize educational programming; host community events to raise awareness about hate and bias prevention; offer healing circles and community dialogues; partner with schools to address intergroup conflict; participate in conflict resolution, restorative justice, and anti-racism trainings; and more.
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The new Unit has established 10 Regional Hate & Bias Prevention Councils. The Councils will provide a place for community members across the state to share concerns, organize educational programming, host hate and bias prevention and community healing events, provide trainings in conflict resolution and facilitate the filing of complaints with DHR and other relevant agencies.
The Unit is also establishing a Rapid Response Team that will offer support to communities impacted by a bias or hate incident. The Rapid Response Team will offer assistance for community healing and support, including through conflict resolution meetings, restorative justice practices, public education, and help filing complaints and/or accessing of resources/benefits with relevant State agencies.
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