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This fact sheet summarizes work performed between October 2021 and September 2022 by OJJDP’s Preventing Youth Hate Crimes & Identity-Based Bullying Initiative. The initiative launched in October 2021 with a 2-day virtual symposium addressing current trends and research on identity-based bullying, cyberhate, and the ways hate groups use social media to radicalize youth. In June and July 2022, OJJDP partnered with national mentoring organizations to conduct 19 youth roundtables across 7 states; a total of 361 participants—including 264 youth—discussed hate crimes, the effects of bullying, and the radicalization of youth. OJJDP hosted a 13-part webinar series tailored to three groups: school personnel, parents, and community-based organizations; juvenile justice professionals; and law enforcement and prosecutors. OJJDP has also developed a prevention-based curriculum, intended for youth-serving organizations and middle and high schools.
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