New Hotline for Reporting Hate & Discrimination Launches Statewide

J.M. Lesinski
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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul in conjunction with the New York State Division of Human Rights' Hate and Bias Prevention Unit (HBPU) recently celebrated the launch of the HBPU’s new telephone hotline - 844-NO-2-HATE - and online reporting platform specifically for hate, discrimination, and bias-related incidents.

“Hate is a cowardly thing, and no New Yorker should have to endure the discrimination it fuels,” Hochul remarked of the launch. “It is crucial to stop any form of hate as soon as it emerges so that it has no opportunity to grow into a force that leads to the loss of life. Keeping New Yorkers safe is my top priority, and I am proud to launch this hotline so that everyone can quickly get the help they need.”

While any emergencies in real-time should still utilize 911, the HBPU encourages all New Yorkers who have witnessed or experienced an incident involving discrimination or acts of hate to utilize the new hotline number in order to receive assistance in filing a complaint, organizing or hosting community dialogues, and more. 

“The Hate and Bias Prevention Unit is here to assist New Yorkers in this difficult time,” Hate and Bias Prevention Unit Senior Director Joan Pangilinan-Taylor commented of the launch. “All of us should feel safe, welcome, and respected in our daily lives, without the painful experience of Antisemitism or Anti-Muslim bias. We encourage every individual in our state to speak out if they have experienced or witnessed a hate or bias incident, and contact us for help.”

The hotline is officially open as of today, as is the online form. 

“During these times of profound loss and tremendous tragedy, we cannot give into the destructive impulse to hate, instead, let us look to the infinite power of love,” stated New York State Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado of the launch. “In New York, we will not let this moment divide us. We are committed to ensuring that every person in this state, regardless of religion or background, is protected from hate and supported with love. We will look out for each other and we will get through these tragedies together.”

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