Combatting Hate

Since establishing our Hate Crimes Unit in 2010, District Attorney Vance has made combatting hate crimes a key priority for our Office. Our skilled prosecutors respond to hate crime complaints with urgency, care, professionalism, and with the full force of our laws. In addition to prosecutions, our team of outreach professionals gives presentations to community groups, religious organizations, and schools on ways to better identify hate crimes and report them to law enforcement. Counselors and victim advocates provide ongoing support to victims of bias crime and connect them with resources made available by our Office and our partners. And our Hate Crimes hotline provides a safe, anonymous, and open line of communication between the public and our Office.

We remain committed to protecting all New Yorkers, and we will not tolerate hate and bias crimes.

Notable Cases

  • In September 2017, Lashawn Marten was sentenced to 25 years in prison for striking three victims, including one fatally, after making several bias-related threats.
  • In March 2017, James Jackson was indicted on hate crimes charges for fatally stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman.
  • In June 2016, Elliot Morales was sentenced to 40 years-to-life in prison for the hate crime murder of 32-year-old Mark Carson in Greenwich Village in 2013.