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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 since 2001.  

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 community advocate. 

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) 822-0261.
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