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Hate Crimes

Hate crimes are criminal acts or attempted criminal acts that are motivated because of a person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, or disability. Because they threaten the very foundation on which our country was created equality for all they attack not only the individual victim, but our most cherished principles.

Hate crimes have historically been underreported. Consequently, hate groups and individuals have the false impression that their conduct will not be reported and prosecuted. That is why the arrest and prosecution of persons committing these crimes are important both to punish the guilty and to deter others from engaging in this ugly behavior.

If you or anyone you know is a victim of a hate crime, it is important that you report it to your local law enforcement agency. The District Attorney's Hate Crimes Unit has highly experienced lawyers who specialize in the prosecution of the most egregious hate crimes. Specially trained prosecutors in the Victim Impact Program handle hate crime cases throughout the outlying areas of the County. Whether handled by the Hate Crimes Unit or the Victim Impact Program, hate crimes are vertically prosecuted, which means that one lawyer handles the case from start to finish.


Hate Crimes Unit
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
210 N. Figueroa St. Suite 1500
Los Angeles, CA.  90012
Phone: (213) 202-7799
Fax: (213) 202-8630


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