A02 - Continued Fight Against the Rising Tide of Hate Crimes in Connecticut (2024CLC-A02)

Monday, June 10, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

The President's Track

Presented by the CBA Executive Committee and the Connecticut Hate Crimes Advisory Council

About the Program

Hate crimes are criminal offenses motivated in whole or substantial part by bias or bigotry against a person because of their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender or gender expression, sexual orientation, or disability. While the National Crime Victimization Survey reports approximately 250,000 hate crimes per year in the United States, only 10,000 are charged by law enforcement agencies, and even fewer lead to convictions. Whether victims of hate crimes are uncomfortable, fear retaliation, or are uncertain that justice will be served, underreporting of hate crimes is prevalent. The state of Connecticut has undertaken a number of measures to combat hate crimes, including revising the hate crimes statutes, creating a Hate Crimes Investigative Unit in the Connecticut State Police, overhauling the police hate crimes reporting protocol, and establishing a Hate Crimes Advisory Council. 

Working collaboratively with the Governor’s office, legislature, judicial branch, law enforcement, and our communities throughout Connecticut, the Connecticut Hate Crimes Advisory Council is responsible for encouraging and coordinating programs that increase community awareness and reporting of hate crimes and to combat such crimes. It also can make recommendations for legislation, including recommendations on the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of hate crimes, restitution for victims of hate crimes, community service designed to remedy damage caused by hate crimes, and additional alternative sentencing programs for first-time offenders and juvenile offenders involved in hate crimes.

Presenters will define hate crimes, address the rise in hate crimes and evaluate how they are handled in Connecticut. They will offer recommendations on how Connecticut might take the lead in ensuring that there is no place for hate in the state.

Material for this seminar are free.

You Will Learn

  • About hate crimes in Connecticut and how they are handled
  • About the Council’s recommendations on ensuring there is no place for hate in the state

Who Should Attend

Attorneys interested in reducing and eliminating hate crimes.


CT: 1.0 CLE Credit (Ethics)
NY: 1.0 CLE Credit (D&I)

The Connecticut Bar Association/CT Bar Institute is an accredited provider of New York State CLE. This program qualifies for experienced attorneys CLE credits. 

Attorneys seeking NY CLE credit who have been admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less must attend the live seminar for skills or ethics credit, a fully interactive videoconference, or simultaneous transmission with synchronous interactivity. Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE credits are only available as non-transitional credits. For further information please see the NYCourts.gov page on CLE: http://ww2.nycourts.gov/attorneys/cle/index.shtml.