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Preventing Youth Hate Crimes & Identity-Based Bullying Initiative

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About the Initiative

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The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has launched a comprehensive national initiative to prevent youth hate crimes and identity-based bullying. Operating from a youth-based lens that focuses on prevention and early intervention, OJJDP is taking a multipronged approach through this initiative to:

  • Increase awareness of youth hate crimes and bias-based bullying.
  • Identify best practices and evidence-based strategies to build protective factors in youth and help youth resist and disengage from extremist hate groups.
  • Ensure youth have a voice on the topic of hate crime and an opportunity for partners to work meaningfully with and for young people.
  • Provide grantees, interested communities, and the field at large tools to change the attitude and behavior of young hate-crime offenders and at-risk youth.

This initiative kicked off October 27, 2021, with a 2-day virtual symposium. It is followed by a series of 12 webinars. The initiative will include national youth roundtables, the development of a youth hate crime prevention curriculum, and a synthesis of findings in a special report and an associated fact sheet.

Virtual Symposium

Understanding and Preventing Youth Hate Crimes and Identity-Based Bullying was a national symposium on preventing and combating identity-based bullying and criminal extremist hate groups as they impact our nation’s youth.

This virtual symposium addressed important topics such as current trends and research on identity-based bullying, cyberbullying, youth-related hate crimes, and how hate groups use social media and technology to reach, recruit, and radicalize youth. Panel discussions provided programs, best practices, and evidence-based strategies on how schools, families, law enforcement, and communities can work together to build protective factors in youth and help youth resist and disengage from extremist hate groups.

Webinar Series

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This 12-webinar series will provide juvenile justice professionals, law enforcement, and school communities an understanding of youth hate crimes and hate groups along with strategies to prevent hate crimes and mitigate microaggressions and implicit bias. Additional content will be tailored to the series’ three audience cohorts:

  • Juvenile justice professionals (juvenile justice specialists, juvenile court personnel, and juvenile probation officers)
  • Law enforcement professionals
  • School communities (administrators, teachers, school resource officers, school social workers, community youth workers, and parents)

Upcoming Webinars:

Youth Hate Crime Prevention Curriculum

This multi-phased curriculum is intended for grantees, interested communities, and the field at large to use with targeted youth, including youth in the juvenile justice system and those at risk for involvement.

The goal of the curriculum is to build protective factors in youth, change the attitude and behavior of the young hate crime offender, and help individuals working with these youth to better understand the potential of advanced communications technologies to break down cultural barriers and address bias.

Youth Roundtables

OJJDP recognizes the importance of partnering with young people and ensuring that they are not only heard but understood, engaged, empowered, and supported to help lead efforts to identify, intervene, and prevent hate crime in our communities.

As such, OJJDP will be convening a series of roundtable discussions with youth, including tribal youth, in geographically dispersed locations throughout the country to provide youth a voice on the topic of hate crime, engage youth with lived expertise involving hate-based incidents, and provide an opportunity for OJJDP’s partner organizations to work meaningfully with and for young people.

Special Report and Fact Sheet

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This special report will provide a synthesis of findings from national youth roundtables and a comprehensive literature review conducted as part of OJJDP’s national initiative to prevent youth hate crimes and identity-based bullying. The report will examine the scope of youth hate crimes and hate groups and will explore the prevalence of identity-based bullying. The report also will examine current law enforcement and community partner efforts to prevent and respond to youth hate crimes and hate groups and will identify actionable recommendations for prevention and early intervention.

The special report and fact sheet will be added to the OJJDP website when they are available.