This annual report on hate crime is an important indicator of inter- group relations in Orange County. There are many factors that can influence the number of these bias related crimes including turmoil in the world, uncertainty about the economy, changing demographics, community standards and fear.
The OC Human Relations Commission focuses its energy on assisting the victims, building collaborations with police and victim communities, and preventative programs like mediation, improving school inter-group relations, and proactive diverse community building. While this report focuses on reported hate crime, we are aware that this is not a full accounting of hate crime. We are pleased to report that this indicator of inter-group relations shows a 4-year downward trend in hate crime in Orange County.
C. William Wood, Chair
OC Human Relations Commission