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The Antelope Valley Human Relations Task Force

Mission

The Antelope Valley Human Relations Task Force is a task force of elected officials, law enforcement, school district administrators, religious leaders and community based organizations whose mission is to facilitate the reporting, investigation and prosecution of hate crimes in the Antelope Valley. It serves as a resource for victim assistance and identifies initiatives that significantly reduce the incidences of hate activities throughout the Antelope Valley. A hot line assists law enforcement and the community in reporting hate crimes and hate incidences.

History

On April 4, l995, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors requested the Human Relations Commission to study the skinhead activity in the Antelope Valley and to make recommendations to eliminate the problem. The study was conducted by the Human Relations Commission in conjunction with the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, the County of Los Angles, local human relations agencies and individuals from the community.

As a part of its findings, the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission recommended that the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale and the County of Los Angeles establish a Community Human Relations Group. Subsequently, the Antelope Valley Human Relations Task Force, comprised of municipalities, the County, school district, sheriffs and other governmental representatives, was formed to address the issues of hate crime.

Accomplishments

• Hate Crime Hotline

• Teen Summit on "Hate in Schools"

• Increase the Peace" event to instill in the students and residents of the Antelope Valley the need to work toward an understanding of one another for a harmonious community

• Recipient of 1999 John Anson Ford Award for Outstanding Human Relations work.

• National and International Recognition for the collaborative work the communities and municipalities are doing to combat hate crime.

• Established First Counseling Group for Hate Crime Victims

 


Task Force Members


OUR PROGRAMS:
• AV Task Force
• CAC
• Hate Crime Victim    Assistance
• HRMAC
• John Anson Ford Awards
• MIC
• Network Against Hate Crime
• SFVHCA
• zerohour: No Haters Here!
• Training Program