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County of Santa Clara, Consulate General of México and City of San José to Sign MOU against Hate Crimes

Agreement Establishes a Collaboration to Promote Zero Tolerance of Hate Incidents and Crimes, Encourage Reporting

WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara, the City of San José and the Consulate General of México in San José, will sign an unprecedented Memorandum of Understanding to work collaboratively in the promotion of protocols to report, investigate, and prosecute hate incidents, hate violence and hate crimes targeting Mexican immigrants. The effort seeks to raise awareness of this human and civil rights violation and seeks to assure reporting parties they will not be subject to retaliation.

WHO:      
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Supervisor George Shirakawa, President County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Hon. Carlos Ponce Martinez, Consul General of México in San Jose
Jeff Smith, County of Santa Clara County Executive
Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney
Molly O’Neal, Santa Clara County Acting Public Defender
Delorme McKee-Stovall, Director County of Santa Clara Office of Human Relations
Chris Moore, Chief, San Jose Police Department
La Doris Cordell, San Jose Independent Police Auditor

WHEN AND WHERE:   
Thursday, August 16, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San Jose, 2125 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA 95131
 
WHY:
While the number of possible hate crime cases referred to the District Attorney has gone down in the past three years, anecdotal information received by the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Jose indicates that hate crimes and hate incidents are underreported, especially in the Latino community, because victims lack understanding of the law and fear retaliation.  This bi-national Memorandum of Understanding seeks to become an example of a working relationship between governments that will contribute to reduce significantly hate crimes or incidents, and immigrant fears associated with reporting them.
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/ Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; 
Ana María Osorio, Consulate General of Mexico in San José (408) 294-3414 Ext. 127; Kate Jones, SCC Office of Human Relations (408) 792-2304; José Garcia, San José Police Department (408) 277-5339
Posted: 08/03/2012