Redes contra el Odio
Network against hatred sought to bring together public administrations, prosecutors, security forces, civil society and the media in a coordinated response to combat hate crimes and discrimination suffered by LGBT people.
The practice focused on collecting evidence, increasing social awareness, promoting legislative developments and attention to victims.
This was done through a multidisciplinary working group, meetings on discrimination and hate crime, an information service, and a public awareness campaign called ‘Say It Out Loud’ ConLaVozBienAlta.
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The practice convened a multidisciplinary working group of 40 members to look at different aspects of LGBT hate crime such as tools to combat hate crime, data collection issues and the roles of different institutions. The group included prosecutors, security forces agents and representatives of national and regional administrations. Representatives of civil society, victims of hate crimes, NGOs and media representatives were also part of the group.
On 13 June 2015 in Madrid, a ‘Hate Crimes and Discrimination against LGBT people’ conference took place. The event brought together 100 people, including representatives of public administrations, European activists and victims to discuss approaches to tackling LGBT hate crime.
The State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transexuals, Bisexuals (FELGTB) also established an information service for LGBT hate crime. It aims at helping victims, and collecting and disseminating information. A report on hate crimes against the LGBT population is being prepared. In addition, it created an observatory on LGBT hate crime. This makes it possible to monitor the hate crime situation, record incidents and ensure the sustainability of the practice.
In October 2015, the online public awareness campaign ‘Say It Out Loud’ about hate crime was launched. The accompanying video on YouTube, accumulated around 930,000 visitors. The website contained information on what to do when suffering violence or discrimination.
The practice partners can share knowledge on how to build a network between governmental agencies and NGOs with goals and priorities for supporting victims and fighting against hate crime. This includes creating a unified system of notification and registration of hate incidents between eight different entities as well as coordinating it with the authorities. They can also provide guidance on launching a service for hate crime victims that will meet their needs and will allow for coordination with the authorities, police and prosecutors to make the process of reporting hate crime easier.
Start date: May 2014.
End date: September 2015.
Scope of the practice: National.
Target group: Public administrations, prosecutors, NGOs.
Beneficiaries: LGBT people in Spain.
Key objectives: Share experiences and evaluate management actions in the area of hate crime, using a coordinated multidisciplinary perspective.
The State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transexuals, Bisexuals (Federación estatal de gays, lesbianas, transexuales y bisexuals, FELGTB) designed the practice in consultation with the: