With hate-related incidents and discrimination on the rise in recent months, it is imperative that we use all of the tools at our disposal to help fight hate activity and promote inclusive communities. The federal Fair Housing Act is one of these tools, providing civil remedies for housing-related hate crimes. Remedies could include both a civil remedy in the form of monetary compensation for injury, including monetary damages for financial loss and emotional distress and injunctive relief. State and local fair housing laws, as well as criminal laws, may provide additional protections.
The following resources are available to help protect civil rights, fight hate, and support inclusive communities for everyone, including immigrants, refugees, and people of all religious faiths:
- Fact sheet — Fair Housing Laws Protect Immigrants, Refugees and People of All Religious Faiths
- Guide — Fight Hate: A Prevention and Response Guide for America’s Neighborhoods
- Companion guide — Fight Hate: A Rapid Response Strategy
- PowerPoint presentation — Housing-Related Hate Activity
- Brochure — Responding to Criminal Civil Rights Violations | Folleto — Respuesta a las Infracciones Penales de Derechos Civiles