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Oregon DOJ’s 2021 “Community Conversations” Series Underway

The Oregon Department of Justice is seeking input from communities impacted by inequity to help improve services and access to justice for crime victims and survivors. The third annual Community Conversations, which began June 2nd and runs through July 30th, are comprised of 21 online listening sessions focusing on the experiences of diverse communities. “Sadly, we… View Article

Posted in on June 14, 2021

AG Rosenblum Releases Report on Oregonians Impacted by Racism and Inequity; Announces $5 Million in Grants for Culturally Appropriate and Accessible Services

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today released a new report discussing the obstacles to the effective delivery of fair and unbiased justice to crime victims and survivors, particularly those from communities impacted by inequity. The report makes a series of recommendations for DOJ and DOJ-funded programs. The Attorney General also announced that Oregon DOJ’s Crime… View Article

Posted in on February 3, 2021

AG Rosenblum Highlights First Report on Oregon’s New Hate and Bias Crimes Laws

Oregon Attorney General Ellen today highlighted the results of the first Senate Bill 577 report » from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission (CJC), which is designed to share data on Oregon’s new hate and bias crimes and bias incidents law. The report, which was statutorily required under Senate Bill 577, was released on July 1. Much… View Article

Posted in on July 2, 2020

Oregon DOJ to Host “Community Conversations” to Hear from Marginalized Communities

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced today that the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) will host a month-long “Community Conversations” series to hear from marginalized Oregonians about their experiences with institutional racism and implicit bias. There will be a different online session for the LGBTQIA+, Religious Minority, Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Undocumented/Migrant Farm Worker,… View Article

Posted in on July 1, 2020

AG Rosenblum Releases Law Enforcement Bias Response Toolkit

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum released a Law Enforcement Bias Response Toolkit to help law enforcement respond to victims of bias crimes and other hateful incidents. The toolkit includes resources such as a victim referral pocket card, suggested language for law enforcement responding to bias incidents and crimes, and other tools. The online toolkit has… View Article

Posted in on June 22, 2020

AG Statement On Racial Justice

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s June 5, 2020 statement on racial justice. Dear colleagues, friends, Oregonians — The killing of George Floyd and other Black citizens, including Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, are profoundly tragic and heartbreaking. For Black people and many others, Mr. Floyd’s killing is another chilling manifestation of the… View Article

Posted in on June 5, 2020

AG Rosenblum and Other Leaders Issue Anti-Discrimination Call to Action in Support of the Asian American Community

Oregonians Encouraged to Sign the Call to Action Oregon Attorney General Rosenblum, along with the Attorney General’s Steering Committee Against Hate Crimes, today issued an anti-discrimination Call to Action signed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Bev Clarno, Treasurer Tobias Read, Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, and more than 70 community leaders and groups… View Article

Posted in on April 3, 2020

Oregon DOJ Releases New Statewide PSA to Promote Oregon’s New Bias and Hate Law

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today announced a new statewide public service (PSA) campaign to make Oregonians aware of the state’s new hate and bias crime law, which fully went into effect January 1, 2020. The PSA will be distributed this week at no cost to all television stations, radio stations and print media outlets… View Article

Posted in on January 28, 2020

Salem Reporter: Why a new Oregon law seeks to improve how hate crimes are reported

Source: Salem Reporter », By Jake Thomas, November 6, 2019 Improved data could reveal the breadth of hate in Oregon while aiding law enforcement and community groups. In late October, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office won the first conviction under Oregon’s new hate crime law. The case involved a 50-year-old man who hurled slurs at two… View Article

Posted in on November 7, 2019

Hate Crimes Legislation Passes Out of Oregon Senate

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum thanked the Oregon Senate for unanimously passing a comprehensive change to Oregon’s hate crimes law. The new law will create a better response system for victims of hate crimes and bias incidents, improve the collection of hate crimes, and modernize Oregon’s “intimidation” statute. The bill, SB 577, now moves to… View Article

Posted in on June 14, 2019