Bystander intervention is built on the idea that we all play a role in creating safe public spaces for each other when we see our neighbors and community members facing bias, discrimination, or harassment. The NYC Commission on Human Rights and community partners regularly co-host bystander intervention trainings to provide New Yorkers with the tools and strategies to safely respond when they witness bias incidents and discrimination. Participants leave these trainings equipped with verbal and behavioral de-escalation strategies to non-violently intervene to disrupt hate-violence or hate speech. The trainings explore the meaning of safety, of being an effective ally, and how identity plays a role in the ways we choose to intervene.
In response to the unprecedented climate of anti-Asian bias, discrimination, and harassment connected to COVID-19 stigma, since March 2020, the Commission has hosted over 30 bystander intervention trainings reaching over 1,400 New Yorkers. These trainings have been conducted in English, Mandarin, and Korean.
The Commission piloted a youth version of the training in March 2021. We will launch the training in May 2021 and will open it up to our partners that work with young people.
Organizations may email firstname.lastname@example.org to co-host a bystander intervention training in your community.