Course DescriptionHate crimes are broadly defined as criminal offenses motivated by an offender's bias due to a victim's membership of a class such as race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. There are a number of federal and state statutes that deal with hate crimes head-on, as well as several civil remedies that can be used to help make a hate crime victim whole. In this course, the Director of the Stop Hate Project, Becky Monroe, provides an overview of hate crime law in the United States. The course is meant for a resource not just for attorneys engaged in prosecuting hate crimes, but also for those attorneys interested in providing civil legal support for hate crime victims.
Length: 1hr 0min
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Meet the Lecturer(s)
Becky Monroe is the Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law's Stop Hate Project. Monroe joined the Lawyers Committee after working for almost eight years in the Obama Administration, most recently in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as the Director for Policy and Planning for the Civil Rights Division and Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Monroe also worked at the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) as a Senior Policy Advisor on the Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity team, helping to develop and implement President Obama’s Administration’s civil rights priorities. Before joining the DPC, Monroe worked at the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice. Monroe joined the Obama Administration after working as Counsel at the Constitution Project, a non-partisan think tank and advocacy organization where she worked with law enforcement and military officials, political leaders, and community organizations on immigration and liberty and national security issues. Before the Constitution Project, Monroe served as the Director of the Employment Rights Project at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles, California, where she represented low-wage undocumented immigrant workers and women who were trafficked for labor. Prior to her work with Bet Tzedek, Becky was a litigation associate at Strumwasser and Woocher, LLP, a public interest law firm in Santa Monica, California. A graduate of Georgetown University and Yale Law School, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard A. Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.