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…).
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
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.