Our Mission

Our Mission

The Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC) strives to fulfill New York City’s strong commitment to diversity and respect for all. Using a multi-pronged approach that encompasses education, law enforcement, and community relations, OPHC seeks to educate the public about the impact of bias-motivated incidents and hate crimes on individuals and communities, and develop strategies to prevent them. No one should be targeted because of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics. All New Yorkers have the right to be safe in their homes, neighborhoods, houses of worship, schools, and businesses.

Our Work

The Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes uses a holistic, comprehensive approach, working with city agencies and communities to prevent bias-motivated incidents and hate crimes.

  • We convene and coordinate the NYC Interagency Committee on Hate Crimes to share information and develop short and long-term city-wide strategies for prevention and response.
  • We partner with community-based organizations to elevate their work through the Hate Violence Prevention Initiative City Council discretionary grant program.
  • We provide education, resources and training on hate crimes to students, community members, law enforcement, government officials and media.