STATEWIDE SURVEY FINDS MOST HATE CRIMES ARE UNREPORTED IN COLORADO
DENVER, CO, September 30, 2022 – The number of Coloradans who experienced a hate crime or bias-motivated incident in the last five years is significantly higher than official government data indicates, according to a statewide survey commissioned by Hate Free Colorado. Nearly 3 in 10 survey participants ages 18+, or an estimated 1.25 million Coloradans, said they were targeted with verbal harassment, property damage, and/or physical injury within the last five years.The survey also found that, of those who experienced a hate crime or bias-motivated incident within the last five years, only 18 percent reported the incident to police.
Read more here: Full Press Release
View a summary of key survey findings: Hate Crimes Survey Summary
Hate Free Colorado was established in 2017 and is a diverse group of community partners who are dedicated to countering hate crimes in Colorado. The coalition currently has 18 members from a variety of civil rights and advocacy organizations in Colorado, as well as seven law enforcement partners.
The purpose of the Coalition is to develop collaborative strategies and programs to respond to incidents of hate, educate the community on the impact of hate crimes and hate crimes laws, increase reporting of hate crimes, develop strategies to prevent hate crimes and incidents of hate, and promote the safety of vulnerable populations and the community at large.
what is a hate crime?
A hate crime targets an individual, institution or property because of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation. Hate crimes such as a bias motivated assault typically carry a stiffer penalty than an assault without the bias component. Read Colorado’s hate crime law here.
Hate crimes are meant to scare, intimidate or humiliate the target. They have an impact that lingers and extends beyond the specific victim. They make members of minority communities fearful, angry and suspicious, and raise tensions that can divide and polarize neighborhoods, towns and cities.
hate free colorado partners
American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado
Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region
Asian Pacific Development Center
The Center on Colfax
Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy & Research Organization
Colorado Resilience Collaborative
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
Matthew Shepard Foundation
Meet the Middle East
Multicultural Mosaic Foundation
CO-MT-Wyoming State Conference
Partnership for Community Action
Law Enforcement partners
Boulder County District Attorney’s Office – 20th Judicial District
Boulder Police Department
Colorado Attorney General’s Office
Denver Police Department
Denver District Attorney’s Office – 2nd Judicial District
FBI – Denver Field Office
Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office – 1st Judicial District