Reporting Hate & Bias

All information below is from the Department of Justice, Oregon website

Hate crimes and bias incidents are on the rise, both in Oregon and nationally. It is up to all Oregonians to make sure that everyone is safe in their community. In 2019, the Oregon legislature passed SB 577 », which updated Oregon’s bias crime laws (formerly called intimidation), defined the new legal term bias incidents, created a victim-centered response hotline for reporting bias, requires law enforcement to refer all victims of bias incidents to support services, and streamlines data collection about bias occurring in Oregon.

What’s the Difference between a Hate or Bias Crime and a Bias Incident?

What is a Bias Incident?

A bias incident is any hostile expression that may be motivated by another person’s race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The act does not need to be a federal, state, tribal, or local crime.

Examples of Bias Incidents

Bias incidents can be verbal, physical, or visual. This language and behavior often contributes to or creates an unsafe or unwelcoming environment. Some examples include:

  • Name calling; using a racial, ethnic, or other slur to identify someone; or using degrading language.
  • Creating racist or derogatory images/drawings.
  • Imitating someone with a disability, or imitating someone’s cultural norm or practice.

What is a Hate or Bias Crime? 

A hate crime, known as Bias Crime under Oregon law, is a crime motivated in part or whole by bias against another person’s race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  There are federal, state, and tribal hate and bias crime laws, each defined separately under individual state’s laws, federal law, and individual tribe’s laws.  Oregon’s bias crime was modified in 2019’s SB 577 », and is codified under ORS 166.155 and 166.165 ». As of January 1, 2022, Intimidation By Display of a Noose is also a crime in Oregon, codified under ORS 163.191.

Examples of Hate and Bias Crimes

Bias crimes can also be verbal, physical, or visual.  Some examples include:

  • Assaulting, injuring, or even touching someone in an offensive manner because of their perceived protected class.
  • Creating racist or derogatory graffiti on someone else’s property based on their perceived protected class.
  • Threatening to physically harm a person, their family, or their property based on their perceived protected class.

Need to report an incident of hate and bias? 

HOTLINE

Please report it here. 

Please visit this site for the latest hotline data. 

 

 

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