In Justice: legal aid for hate crime victims

1,000 Euro Prize 2014

Country: Czech Republic

Region: Implemented nationwide

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Violence prevention

Project owner: In IUSTITIA, o.p.s.

Responsible person: Lucie Michalová

What is it about?

The project aims to provide social and legal counselling, legal representation and other services to hate crime victims - people who suffer verbal and/or physical assaults due to their race, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, health, political attitude and/or adherence to another social group (homeless people…).

Appreciation of the Jury

Unfortunately some groups of people with more or less visible common traits need to be protected from parts of the majority population: in the immediate aftermath of a so-called hate crime; preventively through (legal) information of potential victims and perpetrators; socio-politically through creation of awareness amongst political deciders and the men and women on the street. In IUSTICIA combines the different levels in a pioneering, socially innovative way: victims tell what has happened to them to reveal social patterns, the public debate makes it more difficult to hide behind taboos and will – hopefully! – make potential perpetrators think twice.