Hate Crimes

Hate Crimes

A hate crime is a threat or act of intimidation, harassment, or physical force that is motivated by bias against a person or group based on their actual or perceived: Race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical or mental disability. In Colorado, the law breaks hate crime into two different categories: bias motivated harassment and bias motivated crime. There are also federal laws that protect victims of hate crime, as well.

Report an Incident to Authorities

If you are the victim of a hate crime or a witness to a hate crime, call 911 if your life or health is in immediate danger. If the threat is not immediate, you can report the crime to local law enforcement agencies. Our partner, One Colorado, maintains current information on how to report hate crimes in Colorado.

If you are in Denver and are uncomfortable making a report to authorities on your own, you can come by The Center and a staff representative will help you place the call.

Tracking Incidents

Reporting hate crimes and bias motivated incidents helps bring visibility to hate incidents and help survivors/victims gain access to legal resources and social services.

Communities Against Hate

Our community partner, Communities Against Hate includes a national initiative to aggregate data and respond to incidents of violence, threats, and property damage motivated by hate across the United States.

Led by The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, this database allows us to aggregate data on hate incidents, through partnerships with a diverse set of impacted communities including the Black, Latinx, LGBTQ, Muslim, South Asian, disability, Arab, and Jewish communities, as well as women. You can help inform what is happening across the country in various impacted communities by reporting an incident.


The Initiative also maintains a resource hotline: 1-844-9-NO-HATE.

Matthew Shepard Foundation

Our community partner, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, is undertaking an initiative to improve the collection of data on bias motivated incidents (also known as hate crimes or bias crimes). After an initial step in 2017 to collect data on the number and type of bias motivated incidents occurring in the Denver Metro Area, the Foundation is now connecting and collecting data from any individuals who want to submit in 2018.

The Foundation is collecting the data through a survey questionnaire, which asks about individual bias motivated incidents during the period January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.

The data, results, and findings of the survey will be used only in the aggregate, and will be used internally by the Foundation in its advocacy work on bias motivated incidents and in preparing public outreach materials. In addition, the results and findings of the survey may be shared with the Foundation’s partners and affiliates, as well as researchers conducting research on bias motivated incidents.


If you prefer a paper copy of the survey questionnaire, provide a mailing address where the survey questionnaire should be mailed to by:

  • Emailing the Project Director, Stephen Griffin, at stevegriffinphd@gmail.com or
  • Sending a written request to Matthew Shepard Foundation, Attn:  Bias Motivated Incident Survey, 800 18thStreet, Suite 101, Denver, CO 80202