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
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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10 Dec 2012