The Coalition Against Hate Crimes (CAHC) was started by the American Jewish Committee in Portland, Oregon. It held its first meeting in early October 1997. Its members are representatives from a wide variety of comm and government organizations. The Coalition and its members support non-violent solutions to the problem of hate and hate crimes in Oregon.
The CAHC works on three primary levels.
- Connecting community groups with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to improve the reporting of hate crimes and to aid in the investigation of hate crimes.
- Providing resources to victims of hate crimes and hate incidents, including information on neighborhood mediation and proper legal channels to report hate crimes.
- Educating the community about the disruptive nature of hate crimes and the community strengthening value of diversity.
The CAHC also tracks hate crimes and hate incidents as well as hate group activity in the state of Oregon.
MISSIONTo use the moral authority of the Coalition and its members to give expression to the community conscience as spelled out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.