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Oregon AG To Hold Hate Crime Listening Session

Oregon Department of Justice
State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Rosenblum will attend a hate crime listening session in Eugene on Tuesday.

The Oregon State Attorney General and the Task Force on Hate Crime will be in Eugene Tuesday night. They’ll gather accounts from people who’ve been targeted by hate crimes, or hateful incidents. 

Deo Dmitri is with the Community Alliance of Lane County. It’s an advocacy group that’s hosting the event. Dmitri said stories shared will be used to influence policy during the upcoming 2019 legislative session.

“It not only brings the community together and gives us an opportunity for unity and mutual support, but it also could have a really long term impact on the way that these incidents are dealt with in the legal system," said Dmitri.

There’s a growing number of hate related incidents across Lane County and that this is a unique opportunity to create change, Dmitri said.

The Attorney General’s office says anyone who’s concerned about their privacy, or undocumented status won’t need to disclose personal information.  Spanish translators will also be in attendance.

The session starts at 6 p.m. at Harris Hall located in the Lane County Public Service bulding downtown.

Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.
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