OCA-GH ANNOUNCES MEDIA RECEPTION
FOR HATE CRIMES MANUAL 2ND EDITION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 2, 2006
Contact: Angela L. Lee (281) 822-0261
OCA RELEASES SECOND EDITION OF
LANDMARK HATE CRIMES PREVENTION MANUAL & ANNOUNCES MEDIA RECEPTION AND SEMINAR
ON CRIMES AGAINST ASIAN AMERICANS
OCA is proud to present the Second
Edition of Responding to Hate Crimes: A Community Action Guide. To launch this new publication, OCA-Greater
Houston (OCA-GH) will hold a Media Reception and Seminar on Crimes Against
Asian Americans on Saturday, October 14, 2006 from Noon-2PM at the MetroBank
Community Center (9600 Bellaire Blvd, Suite 201). Speaking at the event will be
Professor Mark E. Steiner from the South Texas College of Law, representatives
from the Houston Asian Crime Summit, and representatives from the Houston
Police Department Hate Crimes and Community Affairs divisions. Admission is
free and open to all. Lunch will be served.
Nationally, Asian Pacific
Americans (APAs) are the fastest-growing target for hate crimes; the OCA Hate
Crimes Manual was produced in response to the steady increase in this type of
crime. Designed as a practitioner’s guide, the manual offers OCA members and
the general public guidelines, checklists, internet resources, and best community
response practices to hate crimes. OCA will primarily use the guide to
complement education workshops sponsored by OCA’s local chapters and
underwritten by The Allstate Foundation. With the support of the Allstate
Foundation, OCA has been organizing hate crime prevention workshops nationally
In Houston, the launch of the
second edition of the Hate Crimes Manual coincides with the birth of the Asian
Crime Summit, formed in response to growing crime rates in the Chinatown area.
Representatives from the Asian Crime Summit and HPD will be on hand to discuss
what’s being done within the Houston community to fight crime against APAs.
Professor Mark E. Steiner from the
South Texas College of Law will also present a lecture on the rise of APA
stereotypes in pop culture, generally as the passive "model minority,” and how
these images relate to the growing number of crimes against APAs.
About Responding to Hate Crimes:
Section I is an introduction to
hate crimes. The reader learns about what constitutes a hate crime or hate
incident, who commits them, how they are tracked and the importance of
reporting them to the police.
Section II discusses victim
support. The reader has resources to give a victim legal referrals, places to
apply for monetary compensation and mental health counseling. Also, the reader
learns about the different roles that community leaders can play in relation to
the victim, including victim assistance provider, victim advocate, and
Section III focuses on community
responses. The reader is guided through typical actions that a community
pursues in the aftermath of a hate crime. The section discusses holding
community forums, organizing the community, working with the media, public
education and coalition building.
Responding to Hate Crimes will be
distributed nationally. The publication is free to the public for those who
request the manual, although copies are limited. Alternatively, the public can
download a PDF copy of the guide for free from OCA’s website, www.ocanatl.org.
For more information or to RSVP
for the Media Reception, contact Angela L. Lee, OCA-GH Legal Advocate, at (281)