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City Club of Eugene: Hate Crimes: Facts and Fixes

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Screenshot from City Club of Eugene zoom meeting on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.

Program Date: Nov.19, 2021

Air Date: Nov. 22, 2021

From The City Club of Eugene:

No one is born with hate, but it seems more and more people are learning to hate. In the last two months, The Register-Guard, Eugene’s newspaper, had these headlines: “Eugene has spike in bias crimes and incidents;” “Eugene still leads state in reported hate crimes;” “Police arrest man suspected of stabbing Black man in west Eugene;” “Man sentenced to 16 years for stabbing in E. Oregon.” Police reported 40% more hate and bias incidents in Eugene in 2020 than in 2019 according to a recent report. Oregon raised the budget for its bias incident and crimes hotline from $43,000 to $2 million.

This program will provide the facts and statistics about bias incidents and crimes. How are law enforcement officers and prosecutors responding? What does the City of Eugene do to assist the victims? What strategies seem to help reduce the hate? Three professionals whose work focuses on these issues will share their experience and insight.

Speakers:

Ryan Dwyer has served in the FBI for 19 years in the San Francisco and Portland field offices, and FBI headquarters. He has led investigations of organized crime, violent crime, complex financial crime, crimes against children, international and domestic terrorism, corruption, and civil rights violations. For the past four years, Ryan has led the FBI resident agencies in Eugene and Medford (satellite offices to the Portland Field Office.) In the Portland Field Office, Ryan is the Civil Rights Program Coordinator, overseeing federal hate crime and color of law investigations throughout the state of Oregon, coordinating training for law enforcement and outreach with community partners. Prior to this assignment, Ryan was a supervisory special agent in the Public Corruption/Civil Rights Section at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC, where he was part of a team managing several national programs.

Fabio Andrade works for the City of Eugene as a Human Rights and Equity Analyst and is the interim manager for the Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement. Fabio holds a doctorate in educational leadership and master’s degrees in public administration and in community and regional planning. Fabio has a background in education and local government administration. His experience in education includes curriculum design, undergraduate programs accreditation, and teaching from high school to graduate courses. Before relocating to the US from Brazil, he served in leadership roles in a school district, a public health district, and the City of Salvador.

Lindsay Schubiner directs Western States Center’s Momentum program, working to counter the dangerous ascension of white nationalism across the country. Since joining the Center, she has led the development of initiatives to strengthen democratic responses to organized bigotry. Projects include training new leaders, promoting municipal resolutions that condemn white nationalist activity, and developing creative rapid-response interventions and tools for journalists and community leaders to use with the anti-immigrant movement. She has provided commentary for PBS NewsHour, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among other outlets. She earned a master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard and previously worked for the Center for New Community and the U.S. House of Representatives.