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    Hate Crime Initiatives

    The City of Grand Rapids has worked at the state and local level to effectively respond to hate crime incidents that occur within the Grand Rapids community. Michigan was ranked in a 2004 FBI Report on Hate Crimes as having the third highest reported incidents of hate crimes in the nation. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights published the "Bias Crime Taskforce Report" in July 1997 which outlined and recommended the formation of community response systems to address issues of hate in Michigan. The City of Grand Rapids has been working on a state and local level to address hate crimes. These efforts include developing update membership list, hosting committee meeting regarding hate crime response, developing and maintaining data collection guidelines and forwarding pertinent information to governmental agencies.

     

    The City of Grand Rapids has been working collaboratively with the West Michigan Alliance Against hate Crimes to address hate crimes on the local level. Also, City staff has been working with Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes (MIAAHC) to address this issue on a statewide basis. MIAAHC is a collaborative partnership with the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, U.S. Attorney Offices from the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. This statewide coalition consists of over 70 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, civil rights organizations, community-based groups, educators and anti-violence advocates work to ensure a consistent and effective response to hate crimes and other related incidents of tension and violence in communities across Michigan.