Who We Are
Fight Hate Crimes
Build bridges to fight hate crimes and discrimination on Staten Island between community leaders and law enforcement officials.
Members of the Staten Island Hate Crimes Task Force:
District Attorney Michael E. McMahon, Co-Chair
Scott Maurer, Co-Chair
Pastor Isaac Sorial
Nirmal Singh Kang
Sikh Association of Staten Island
Dr. Nithiananda Chatterjie
Staten Island Gurdwara Sahib
Rev. Karen Pershing
Staten Island Inter-Religious Leadership
Imam Tahir Kukaj
Lorna Wilson, Dr. Sonia Byfield-Layne
Jamaica and Caribbean Organization of Staten Island
Rev. Dr. Victor Brown
Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina, Rev. Dale S. Smith, Rev. Antoinnette R. Donegan
Rev. Dr. Terry Troia, Zulma Cruz
Jeanne Zieff, Tugba Ay
Abou Sy Diakhate
Charles C. DeStefano
Bernice Fischer, Carol Brown
Louise Tsui, Eugenia Tsui
Chinese American Community Service
Rev. Eric Kim
Giomelly Barton, Juan Fernandez, Alexander Korkhov, Alemayehu Ayele
Deputy Inspector Andrew Arias
Afzal Ali Ansari
Radhakrishna Mohan, Raj Saverimuttu
Orit Lender, Allison Cohen
So, What is a Hate Crime?
Any crime becomes a hate crime when it is motivated by bias against an individual’s perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. Read More
Ok, So How Do You Report a Hate Crime?
A person reports a hate crime in the same manner as they would report any other crime. If it is a crime in progress, call 911. If it is a crime that does not endanger anyone, or a crime that occurred in the past, call your local precinct. The responding police officers will provide whatever immediate assistance is needed, and begin the reporting process. If the situation is deemed to be a possible bias-motivated incident, the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force will be notified. Read More
Why Report a Hate Crime?
The Hate Crimes Reporting Gap is the significant disparity between hate crimes that actually occur and those reported to law enforcement. It is critical to report hate crimes not only to show support and get help for victims, but also to send a clear message that the community will not tolerate these kinds of crimes. Reporting hate crimes allows communities and law enforcement to fully understand the scope of the problem in a community and put resources toward preventing and addressing attacks based on bias and hate.