Three-Part Action Plan
Hate Crime Unit
Under the direction of the State Police, a new Hate Crime Unit will work together to investigate and assist other law enforcement agencies in the crackdown of hate crimes. The unit consists of specialists in bias crime investigations who will coordinate with local District Attorneys to prosecute those involved in hate crimes throughout New York.
Protecting All Students
New York will continue to protect all victims of discrimination and enforce its strict laws against hate crimes, especially at our schools. We will advance the legislation to protect not only private schools, but public schools under New York State’s Human Rights law. Any complaints of bullying, harassment or other discrimination made by students will now be eligible for investigation on a statewide level.
Empire State Immigrant Defense Project
The first-in-the-nation, state-led, public-private legal defense project will ensure that all New Yorkers have access to representation and due process, regardless of their citizenship status. This initiative will be administered by the State’s Office for New Americans in partnership with advocacy organizations, major colleges and universities, law firms, and legal associations around the state.
One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all
New York is heightening our efforts to combat hate crimes and safeguard our New Yorkers.
An additional Naturalize NY lottery will help 1,500 eligible immigrant New Yorkers become U.S. citizens and will cover the cost of their naturalization.
Protecting Your Civil Rights and Combating Hate Crimes
Residents who have experienced bias-motivated threats, harassment or discrimination are encouraged to call the toll-free hotline from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. open Monday-Friday. If you need to report a crime or fear your safety, call 911 immediately.
In the face of fear, New Yorkers spread love
NY is advancing women’s rights and equal pay by adopting salary history blind hiring practices and requiring all state contractors to report employees’ gender and pay.
NY has issued state-wide regulations prohibiting harassment and discrimination against the LGBT Community.