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Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents

The National Disability Rights Network is a member of Communities Against Hate—a national initiative to document stories and respond to incidents of violence, bullying, harassment, intimidation, threats and property damage motivated by hate in the United States. An historic coalition of diverse national organizations and neighborhood groups, we provide a safe place for survivors and witnesses to share stories of hate incidents through our online database and telephone hotline. We connect survivors and witnesses to legal resources and social services. And we come together to advocate for a better America.

The Latest News on NDRN's Fight Against Hate

August 14, 2017

NDRN Condemns Hate-Based Violence in Charlottesville

WASHINGTON – The following statement is issued by Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network: “Like all Americans who understand our nation was founded on the principles of liberty, equality, respect for diversity, and justice for all, I watched the events that occurred in Charlottesville this past weekend in utter more.

June 13, 2017

NDRN Holds Forum on Hate Crimes

The National Disability Rights Network held a forum on hate crimes at the 2017 P&A/CAP National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The forum provided P&A staff with an opportunity to talk with prosecutors from the Department of Justice working to investigate and prevent hate crimes against people with disabilities. A representative from the Communities Against Hate initiative also attended and introduced participants to our efforts to document incidences of hate against people with disabilities.

February 1, 2017

Disability Rights Advocates Take Aim at Human Trafficking of People with Disabilities

WASHINGTON – To mark the end of Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center (HT Pro Bono) signed a collaborative memorandum of understanding to work more closely to prevent the human trafficking of people with disabilities. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and traffickers target vulnerable peoples, such as persons with intellectual, developmental, and mental health disabilities. Only recently has the disability aspect of human trafficking gained attention.

Watch these videos to learn more about disability-based hate crimes