The initiative trains civil society organisations to record hate crime and helps them to build their advocacy capacity for influencing local and national agencies.
There are two current training offers - a Train-the-Trainer course and awareness training on how to monitor hate crime.
CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe - has also created a set of standardised monitoring criteria that are designed to align and provide a common reference point for the advocacy efforts of different social, cultural and ethnic groups.
The network also acts an information exchange platform for a growing group of civil society organisations and Facing Facts’ international partner organisations. International conferences have been organised to facilitate dialogue among relevant actors.
The Facing Facts training course is currently being adapted into an online course. The online module on how to monitor hate crime will be piloted in May 2016, whilst the module on how to monitor hate speech will be piloted in September/October 2016 (online and offline).
Future plans include the development of online courses on hate crime/hate speech monitoring. Specifically tailored for law enforcement agencies and public authorities, they would have a country focus of Italy, the UK, Hungary, Greece and Belgium. The implementation of these courses is dependent on the outcome of a pending funding application. If successful, the above would be piloted and disseminated in 2017.
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The project was started by a coalition of Jewish and LGBT civil society organisations. It has since broadened its scope to encompass organisations tackling all types of hate crime incidents.
Originally focusing on civil society organisations, the project now also targets public authorities, law enforcement agencies, national human rights institutions, and international organisations. These are:
CEJI been fundamental in facilitating all the cross-sector aspects of the project.
Various events have taken place as the project has developed:
September 2015: Joint awareness training on how to monitor hate crimes for civil society organisations, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in Poland.
CEJI and the Facing Facts partner organisations are responsible for conducting impact assessments. Civil society organisations within the Facing Facts network and international agency funders are also consulted on these.
Various indicators point to the initiative’s success:
Several civil society organisations who have undertaken the Facing Facts training programme reported that they set up/improved their own monitoring systems following the training. This enables them to record hate crime incidents better, whilst also empowering organisations to provide a credible service to victims.
Training and public events held as part of the project have provided an opportunity for stakeholders to meet and exchange ideas in a safe and constructive environment, thereby improving the effectiveness of national responses to hate crimes.
The EU grant which supported the launch of the practice was fundamental in helping to build up its credibility and the structures required for successful project delivery. The fundraising strategy in place since the end of the grant has raised the money needed to sustain the running of the practice for more than four years.
Vital to the success of a project is the ongoing involvement of all stakeholders, namely civil society, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and government. Hate crime affects everyone, meaning that a joint effort is required to bring about institutional change.
Whilst training courses are valuable, they only allow for limited outreach in relation to the financial and time resources dedicated to them. The team are therefore now in the process of designing an online tool. Able to reach a far larger audience, this will have a greater impact on the local, regional and national responses to hate crime.
The guidelines on how to monitor hate crime (already translated into nine languages) can be applied everywhere.
The Facing Facts training course is highly adaptable to a variety of contexts and can even be delivered as separate components.
The recommendations from the last Facing Facts conference are applicable in different European countries/contexts.
Start date: January 2012.
End date: Ongoing (as of April 2016).
Scope of the practice: Local.
Target group: Civil society organisations; law enforcement and public authorities at the local, regional and national level.
Beneficiaries: Civil society organisations; law enforcement and public authorities, Jewish people, people of African descent, LGBT people.
Key objectives: To empower civil society organisations, law enforcement and public authorities to monitor hate crime through training; to improve cooperation between stakeholders to strengthen intercommunity solidarity and to ensure society responds better to hate crime; to foster institutional changes in hate crime perception at the local, national, and regional level.
The practice is not based on a specific hate crime legal framework. It is based on the EU Framework Decision on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law.
The project is coordinated by CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe.
This is done in partnership with:
International agencies consulted include:
The main implementing body is CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe.
The UK Ministry of Justice is also consulted on implementation.