More than 300 calls flow into hate-crime hot line in four days
The state attorney general’s new hate crime hot line has received more than 300 calls in just four days.
The hot line, announced Monday, allows Massachusetts residents to report harassment and intimidation of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities; women; LGBTQ individuals; and immigrants, Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said.
“We established the hot line this week in response to reports we saw following Election Day where people here in Massachusetts and across the country had been subjected to conduct that imperils safety and civil rights,” Healey said in a statement.
The calls have included complaints of bullying, threats, vandalism, and harassment, Healey’s office said.
“We have received more than 300 calls, showing that this is a real issue that is happening right here in Massachusetts,” Healey said.
Her office said its civil rights division is working with police and district attorneys to address the complaints.
“Our office will do all that we can to be a resource for people who have been subjected to bias-motivated threats, harassment, and violence,” Healey said.
Residents can call the hot line at 800-994-3228, or fill out a complaint online, officials said. People can also report through the attorney general’s social media platforms.
Healey’s office said Monday when the hot line was announced that immigrants can also come forward with concerns without “fear of reprisal based on immigration status.”
Non-English speakers can call the hot line. A staff member handling the line speaks Portuguese and Spanish. Other staffers are available who speak other languages. Callers can also use tools such as Language Line, Healey’s office said.