Assault and Hate Crimes

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  • 24-Hour Legal Representation

    AGENCY: FIRST DEFENSE LEGAL AID
    ADDRESS: 5100 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60644
    CONTACT: Samoane Williams
    PHONE: 1-800-529-7374
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    24 Hours

    First Defense Legal Aid provides free, 24-hour legal representation to people in Chicago Police custody and educates Chicagoans about how to protect their constitutional rights. We undertake these activities to promote fairness and accountability in the justice system.

  • Community Tensions and Hate Crimes: Interventions and Outreach

    AGENCY: CHICAGO COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS
    ADDRESS: 740 N. Sedgwick St. Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654
    CONTACT: Norman White
    PHONE: (312) 744-4874
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Violence and hate crimes are most often based on race, religious differences, sexual orientation, or gender identity, therefore increased outreach to schools and communities is a priority.

    IGR staff members can mediate community tensions and conflict. They can also deliver presentations explaining the protections offered under Chicago’s Human Rights and Fair Housing Ordinances, how to file a complaint of discrimination, and how to call for assistance if someone is a victim of a hate crime. In addition, they can advocate on behalf of victims of hate crimes.

    Community Mediation: IGR responds to requests from individuals or communities who are involved in a dispute and attempts to reach a resolution. A staff mediator can facilitate the communication between people in conflict and help each party understand the other person’s point of view and rights.
    Presentations: Our professional team is ready to provide presentations on
    – Bullying
    – Disability
    – Compliance
    – Hate Crimes
    – Prejudice Reduction

    Outreach: IGR will come to your community, school, or place of worship and discuss what your civil rights are under the law and the remedies available if you have experienced discrimination. IGR reaches out to individuals and public and private institutions to promote the Commission’s services and provide information on the Chicago Human Rights and Fair Housing Ordinances as well as procedures on how to file discrimination complaints.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , anti-bullying , assault and hate crimes , CCHR , Chicago Commission on Human Relations , legal

  • Hate Crime Victim Assistance

    AGENCY: CHICAGO COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS
    ADDRESS: 740 N. Sedgwick St., Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654
    CONTACT: Norman White
    PHONE: (312) 744-4874
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm Every Monday through Friday, 24 hours a day Chicago Police Department Assistance

    If you believe you have been a victim of a hate crime, call 911 to contact the Chicago Police Department immediately! It is imperative that you tell the police why you feel that hatred was a motivating factor in the crime for the additional felony charges of hate crime to be added. If you need assistance in reporting a hate crime, call the Commission at 312.744.4874.

    Hate crimes are acts of bigotry, and are committed because of the intended victim’s actual or perceived ancestry, color, creed, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability (including HIV status), or national origin. Hate crimes not only harm the victim, but also the group in which the targeted member belongs.

    Hate crimes can only be charged when another crime such as battery, assault, aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to vehicle or to real property, mob action, looting, disorderly conduct or harassment by telephone occurs and a specific hate motive is established. Hate Crime is a Class 4 felony. If a convicted hate crime offender receives a probationary sentence, the court may also impose community service hours.

    According to Illinois law, hate can be considered an aggravating factor and “accorded weight in favor of imposing a term of imprisonment or may be considered by the court as reason to impose a more severe sentence.”

    Associated Tags: anti-bullying , anti-discrimination , assault and hate crimes , CCHR , Chicago Commission on Human Relations , hate crime , legal

  • Hate Crime Hotline

    AGENCY: GAY & TRANSGENDER HATE CRIME HOTLINE
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: 1-800-616-4283
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    24/7

    Gay & Transgender Hate Crime Hotline
    1-800-616-HATE

    A hotline for legal advice, counseling support, and reporting hate crimes.

    Associated Tags: assault and hate crimes , gay and transgender hate crime hotline , hate crime , helplines and eSupport , hotline , legal , transgender & gay

  • Civil Rights Law Firm

    AGENCY: LOEVY & LOEVY
    ADDRESS: 312 N. May St., Ste. 100, Chicago, IL 60607
    CONTACT: Unknown
    PHONE: (312) 243-5900
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Unknown

    At Loevy & Loevy, we’ve won dozens of jury trials and more than $250 million in jury verdicts and settlements for our clients. We seek justice for those whose civil rights have been violated (unlawful arrests, first amendment retaliation) and for whistleblowers who expose corruption.

    Associated Tags: assault and hate crimes , downtown , first amendment , lawyer , legal , Loevy & Loevy , unlawful arrest , whistleblower

  • HIV+ Legal Resources

    AGENCY: AIDS LEGAL COUNCIL OF CHICAGO
    ADDRESS: 180 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 2110, Chicago, IL 60601
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 427-8990
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Monday through Friday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

    The AIDS Legal Council provides legal assistance in cases where an individual’s HIV status, real or perceived, is the cause of his or her legal difficulties. We assist clients with discrimination cases, insurance disputes, return-to-work questions and confidentiality issues. We help those who come to us because they are too ill to work and need assistance applying for public benefits.

    We provide legal help to immigrants with HIV who want to normalize their status in the United States. And we help clients who need to write wills, powers of attorney or guardianships to guarantee that their loved ones will be cared for in case of serious illness or death.

     

    Associated Tags: advocacy , AIDS , AIDS Legal Council of Chicago , assault and hate crimes , benefits assistance , confidentiality problems , discrimination , employment problems , HIV , immigration status , insurance disputes , juvenile justice , legal , transgender & queer , violence

  • Free Legal Services

    AGENCY: LAMBDA LEGAL
    ADDRESS: 105 W. Adams St., 26th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 663-4413
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown

    Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

    As a nonprofit organization, we do not charge our plaintiffs for legal representation or advocacy, and we receive no government funding.

    Associated Tags: assault and hate crimes , discrimination , estate planning , free , HIV , interpersonal violence , juvenile justice , Lambda , LAMBDA LEGAL , legal , queer , transgender