A hate crime is when someone commits a crime for a biased reason. This includes:
- National origin
- LGBTQ status
- Gender identity
- Physical or mental disability
Call 911 or your local police station if you are the victim of a hate crime or witness to a hate crime. Ask to file a police report, and tell the responding police officers why you believe the crime was hate motivated. For example, what words, actions, symbols, or other indicators accompanied the crime? Make sure to collect evidence like:
- Witness phone numbers and addresses
Examples of hate crimes
Hate crimes can include:
- Disorderly Conduct
- Mob Action
- Damage to property
Reporting hate crimes and other resources
The Illinois Attorney General Hate Crime Report/Civil Rights hotline (877)-581-3692: Anyone in the state of Illinois can call this hotline for help with hate crimes.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office hotline (773) 674- 4357: call this hotline to report a hate crime if you live in Cook County. Those who call this hotline will receive a direct response from the sheriff’s office. They will help connect callers to sheriff’s detectives and other groups such as legal aid.
The Chicago Police Department’s Civil Rights Unit 911: This unit looks into reports of hate crimes in Chicago.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Hate Crime Project (312) 202-3663: Contact this organization if you want free legal help with a hate crime in Chicago, including an attorney to help you navigate the criminal court process or to file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator.
Updated: December 2017