Project to Combat Bias Violence

Hate Crimesicon

The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee has set up a helpline for anyone experiencing hate crime or wanting more information on how to combat hate crime: 312-202-3663

The Chicago Lawyers' Committee's Hate Crimes Project is the only comprehensive resource center on hate crime prevention and response in the Midwestern United States. A city-wide Advisory Board, consisting of attorneys who have represented victims and community activists representing diverse neighborhoods and constituents provides guidance and assistance. 

The Project combats hate crimes in several ways:

  • Litigation: The Hate Crimes Project also provides free legal representation to victims of hate crime, both in criminal prosecutions of offenders and in civil suits. The Project has litigated several significant cases.
  • Education: The Hate Crime Project trains both the general public and professionals, including police officers, prosecutors, community-based agency staff, and social service professionals about the Illinois Hate Crime Act, the importance of reporting, and the rights and needs of victims. Public forums and educational presentations are made in high-risk neighborhoods, utilizing the in-kind participation of police officers, community-based agency staff, private attorneys, clergy, community leaders, and health and social service professionals. Over 100 such outreach programs have been conducted, for more than 3,500 participants, in many ethnically and racially diverse communities in the Chicago area, the Midwest's largest immigration destination. Presentations are orally translated as needed, and hate crime information materials have been printed in 14 languages. Project staff and volunteers work with community-based coalitions long term to improve human relations when the need and capacity exist.
  • Advocacy: The Project advocates for strong criminal prosecutions of perpetrators of bias violence and improved enforcement of the Illinois Hate Crime Act.

Learn more about our Client Intake ProcessVolunteer Opportunities, or how your Support will enable the Hate Crime Project to make a difference in the lives of families and individuals facing discrimination and injustice.

Our Illinios Hate Crime Tracker is live.

Click here to submit an incident of violence, vandalism, threats, assault, or other actions.


(1/12/2017) Power, Pain, Potential - South Asian Americans at the Forefront of Growth and Hate in the 2016 Election Cycle

(1/6/2017) Chicago Lawyers' Committee Responds to Horrific Facebook Live Hate Crime

(12/7/2016) Surge in Hate Crimes Prompts CLC to Organize and Advocate

(12/14/2016) What You Can Do About the Post-Election Surge in Hate Crimes

(12/19/2016) Community Listening Session - CLC and Community Leaders convened to discuss key concerns, share information, and collaborate on strategic ways that we can move forward together as a community post election with hate crime rising.