We lead with one voice
The need to unite communities and organize resources against violence and discrimination has never been more evident. BiasHELP develops, supports and strengthens community voices to ensure a public response to discrimination, harassment, violence and technobullying/cyberbullying that is swift, forceful and consistent.
BiasHELP serves as a trusted resource for local, regional and national media outlets, providing current, factual and persuasive information about hate crimes, discrimination, bullying, technobullying/cyberbullying and youth violence. Our appearances in print publications, on television and radio, and online help spread our educational messages to tens of thousands of men, women and children.
Government plays an important role in reducing discrimination, harassment and violence and BiasHELP is committed to advocating for proactive, fair and effective public policy in this area. BiasHELP works at local, state and federal levels to amplify the voices of those populations most often victimized by bigotry and to ensure that government policies, programs and funding levels adequately meet community needs.
Here's how we foster change
- We conduct rigorous, thoughtful and data-driven public policy analysis.
- We create and distribute an annual public policy agenda.
- We build strategic partnerships with other organizations, bias crime survivors and community members in order to effectively build momentum around key issues and messages.
- We write letters, make phone calls and e-mail policy-makers to ensure that the community’s voice is heard. We also sponsor non-partisan community events and educational forums designed to strengthen community advocacy efforts and encourage dialogue.
BiasHELP has a phenomenal track record in the public policy arena. We worked in coalition with organizations statewide to win passage of landmark legislation in New York to increase the penalties for hate crimes and pushed hard to secure passage of SONDA – the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act. In 2008, following a nationwide surge in reported displays of hangman’s nooses - symbols historically associated with the lynching of blacks - BiasHELP supported and helped pass legislation to make such displays a felony.