2019 Hate Crime Training Series

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Over the past few years, there has been a national uptick in hate crimes and bias-related incidents. Recent reports of hate or bias in Maryland reflect this alarming trend, with 398 reports in 2017 alone—a 35% increase from 2016.


This training series, which will take place over the course of 2019, is an effort to encourage comprehensive responses to hate and bias by engaging the public in Montgomery County. The series is free and will feature four themed modules, which will be held in the Winter, Spring,  Summer, and Fall respectively. Each module will culminate in a town hall, bringing together attendees, policy-makers, and other stakeholders to discuss key takeaways.

Cosponsors

Maryland Delegate Jared Solomon ✧ Montgomery County Council Members Evan Glass, Tom Hucker, Will Jawando, Nancy Navarro, and Hans Riemer ✧ CASA ✧ DC Peace Team ✧ Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law ✧ Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition ✧ Montgomery County Council of PTAs ✧ OCA-Greater Washington DC Chapter ✧ Our Voices Matter ✧


Module 1: DEFINING HATE  

Trainer: The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Dates: Trainings on February 17 and March 10 - Town Hall on March 24

This training will discuss the national and local trends in hate crimes. We will provide a legal overview of the relevant federal and state laws, and what to do if you experience or witness hate. The training will include hypotheticals and group discussions. Coffee will be provided.

This module is facilitated by representatives of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan nonprofit that launched the Stop Hate Project to support community leaders, law enforcement, and organizations in combating hate.


RSVP for the training on February 17th

RSVP for the training on March 10th


Module 2: HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT RESPONSE/ AWARENESS  

Trainer: D.C. Peace Team

Dates: Trainings on April 7, May 19, June 2 - Town Hall on June 23

The purpose of this training is to help those members of our community who are potentially living and operating in a hostile environment to survive and thrive in that environment.


Module 3: ACTIVE BYSTANDER TRAINING  

Trainer: Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition

Dates: July 14, August 4, September 8 - Town Hall on September 15

This training will help members of our community understand how they can transition from being a bystander of a bias incident to becoming an active bystander and support victims in addressing the event.  


Module 4: ANTI-BIAS EDUCATION  

Trainer: TBA

Dates: October 6, November 3, December 8 - Town Hall on December 22

This training will help community members understand and explore how they may be allowing implicit bias to affect their behaviors and relationships with others in the community.