Across the country, 2017 has seen an uptick in reported hate crimes, and Marin County is taking steps to make sure its residents are protected. The Marin County District Attorney has set up a Hate Crime Hotline, and anyone who has been the victim of — or witnessed — what seems like a hate crime or hate speech is urged to report it. The hotline is intended to be a follow-up to an emergency 911 call, not a substitute for reporting emergencies, with messages currently available in English, Spanish, Farsi and Vietnamese. “All of us have broad constitutional protections with regard to our speech, religious affiliations and group associations,” says District Attorney Ed Berberian. “However, these protections have limitations and hatebased conduct can and will be prosecuted.”
The number for the hotline is 415.473.2585.