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Maryland launches online portal to combat hate crimes

Attorney General Anthony G. Brown has unveiled a new online portal, nohomeforhate.md.gov, designed to give victims of hate crimes in Maryland the ability to report incidents after calling 911. This initiative aims to combat underreporting of hate crimes and bias-related incidents and provide victims with a safe way to speak out.

Maryland is seeing a worrying increase in hate incidents, with 465 hate crimes and bias-related incidents reported in 2022, compared to 388 in 2021. This is a sharp increase from 155 in 2014.

The portal serves several purposes, including tracking and identifying hate crime trends, informing the work of the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland Commission on Hate Crime Response and Prevention, and developing recommendations to improve Maryland's response to hate crimes and bias-related incidents. The creation of this portal, in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Information Technology, was supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Katie Savage, DoIT's Secretary of Information Technology, was proud to help the Attorney General's Office provide Maryland residents with a convenient platform to report hate crimes and share important information with government agencies.

The nohomeforhate.md.gov website and mobile-friendly app are now live and offer a reporting form in Maryland's 11 most spoken languages. It's important to note that the portal does not replace the need to call 911 in the event of a hate crime or bias incident in progress.

In addition, the portal provides resources for victims and witnesses, including information on recognizing hate crimes, available support organizations, and the Maryland Commission on Hate Crime Response and Prevention, chaired by Attorney General Brown.

The Attorney General's Office has taken several initiatives to combat hate crimes, including establishing a hate crimes hotline, forming a hate crimes task force, and hosting hate bias training forums across the state in collaboration with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.

The ultimate goal of this effort is to eradicate hate in Maryland by providing comprehensive resources and fostering collaboration between law enforcement, community partners and stakeholders.