Report a Hate Crime

For Emergency Cases

If this is an emergency, dial 9-1-1 or your local police to get immediate help. A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, the FBI has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity”. Hate itself is not a crime, and the FBI is mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.

For Non-Emergency Cases

If this is a non-emergency and you believe you have been violated or experienced a hate crime, please refer to the links below for reporting resources.

Department of Justice – Hate Crimes Unit

Attorney General – Hate Crimes Unit

MIAAHC Terminology

MIAAHC adopts “hate crime” as the universal term to collectively refer to hate crimes/incidents and bias incidents/crimes. MIAAHC recognizes that while not all bias incidents will involve a hate crime, criminal incidents and/or criminal offenses may touch upon or involve conduct defined as a bias incident. MIAAHC also recognizes that as information and the details of such events are exposed and examined, how the perpetrator’s conduct and the event is ultimately categorized and recorded as either a hate crime or bias incident by the victim, criminal justice system, advocacy groups, communities, and those who champion social justice, will involve the opinion and judgment of professionals and non-professionals alike. MIAAHC recognizes too that this multifaceted process and interplay of persons, professions, opinions, and judgments, involving the same alleged events and information, can itself lead to strained relationships and heightened tension. As discussed in this document and others, the intent of MIAAHC is to address the harms cause by hate, prejudice, bias, and bigotry, to educate the public, and to ultimately employ systems to prevent such acts.

Hate Crime

A criminal act of intimidation, harassment, physical force, or threat of physical force, whether or not performed under color of law, directed against a victim or their advocate or property, motivated in whole or in part by bias against a protected group, based on the real or perceived race, color, ethnic background, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim. Hate crimes include those acts reported by a law enforcement reporting agency as involving a criminal incident, criminal offense, or both, as those terms are defined and used by the Michigan State Police in the Michigan Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Uniform Crime Report.

Bias Incident

A non-criminal act, whether or not performed under color of law, directed against a victim or their advocate or property, motivated in whole or in part by bias against a protected group, based on the real or perceived race, color, ethnic background, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim. Bias incidents may be associated with a criminal incident, criminal offense, or both, as those terms are defined and used by the Michigan State Police in the Michigan Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Uniform Crime Report.

Perpetrator Intent

For MIAAHC, the perpetrator of a hate crime or bias incident has the intent of causing fear, intimidation, or additional pain/suffering to the victim or victim’s group or has the intent of deterring the victim or victim’s group from the free exercise or enjoyment of rights or privileges secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States or the State of Michigan.

MIAAHC Reporting Form