Please Note:

Meetings:

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month starting at 7:00 pm in the Plantation Room at Plymouth Town Hall.

Remembrance:

The Committee wishes to acknowledge the service of members Barry Meltzer who was the committee chairperson from its inception in 2001 until 2013 and Joe Horn both of whom passed away in 2015. The spirit of these two men will live on in all those whose lives they touched and by all people who are committed to social justice.

Membership:

At this time, there are openings on the Committee. Interested Plymouth residents may apply at the Selectmen's Office at Plymouth Town Hall, Lincoln Street. Individuals from Underrepresented groups and high school students are encouraged to apply.
Contact: Annikka Bernabe
ABernabe@townhall.plymouth.ma.us

Resources

Resources

There are many agencies and organizations throughout the state listed below that can offer assistance to victims of hate incidents and hate crimes.  They can also provide further referrals depending on the victim’s needs.

 

Legal Resources

 

Anti-Defamation League – Provides advocacy, support and legal referral services to victims of anti-Semitic and other hate crimes.
http://www.adl.org

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders – Provides free legal information, referrals and representation to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and persons with HIV/AIDS.
(800) 455-GLAD (4523) or (617) 426-1350
http://www.glad.org

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights – Provides free legal services and information to victims of hate crimes motivated by race or national origin.
(617) 482-1145
http://www.lawyerscom.org
District Attorney Offices
Crimes are prosecuted in the county where they occurred. Each District Attorney has a Victim/Witness Assistance (VWA) program.

Barnstable , Dukes and Nantucket Counties
Main : (508) 362-8113
VWA: (508) 362-8103

Plymouth County
Main : (508) 584-8120
VWA: same

Office of the Attorney General
One Ashburton Place, Boston , MA 02108
Tel: (617) 727-2200, TTY: (617) 727-4765
http://www.ago.state.ma.us

Civil Rights Division – Can go to court to obtain a civil rights injunction for a victim. Also works with local police on hate crime investigations. Provides training to schools and law enforcement.
(617) 727-2200
http://www.ago.state.ma.us

Victim Compensation and Assistance Program – Handles victim compensation claims.
(617) 727-2200
http://www.ago.state.ma.us

Community Relations Service of the U.S. Dept. of Justice – Provides assistance to organizations and communities experiencing serious racial/ethnic conflicts and violence by way of mediation and conciliation.
(617) 424-5715
http://www.usdoj.gov/crs

Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes – Provides information on statewide hate crimes and identifies agencies, resources, and support mechanisms.
http://www.mass.gov/StopHate

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination – MCAD is responsible for enforcing the Commonwealth’s anti-discrimination laws in order to protect, preserve, and enhance the civil rights of its citizens.
(617) 994-6000
http://www.mass.gov/mcad/index.html

Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance – General assistance to crime victims through advocacy, referrals and support services.
(617) 727-5200



Community Groups and Support Services

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee – Provides advocacy, support and referral services to Arab victims.
(617) 262-8902
Anti-Defamation League – Provides advocacy, support and legal referral services to victims of anti-Semitic and other hate crimes.
(617) 406-6300
http://www.adl.org

Asian American Resource Workshop – Provides advocacy, support and referral services to Asian American victims.
(617) 426-5313
http://www.aarw.org

Fenway Community Health Center’s Violence Recovery Program – Provides counseling, support services and referrals to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered victims.
(617) 267-0900 or (800) 242-0900
http://www.fenwayhealth.org

Islamic Society of Boston – Provides support and referral services to Muslim victims.
(617) 876-3546
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) – Provides legal assistance, translation and referral services to Sikh victims.
(877) 917-4547
http://www.saldef.org/

La Alianza Hispana – Provides support and referral services to Latino victims of violence.
(617) 427-7175
NAACP – Provides counseling and referral services to African American victims and other victims of color. Boston (617) 427- 9494; Brockton (508) 584-3977; Cambridge (617) 661-9223; Lynn (781) 596-2227; Martha’s Vineyard (508) 696-5785; Merrimack Valley (978) 975-5177; Mystic Valley, Springfield and NE Area Conference (RI NH, ME, VT, MA) (617) 323-8885; New Bedford (508) 991-4416; South Middlesex (508) 879-7612; Worcester (508) 757-2222
http://www.naacp.org