Preventing Hate Incidents
By Mayor London?Breed
My fellow San Franciscans,
Last week, I joined City Attorney David Chiu, District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, Police Chief Bill Scott to announce newly-created protocol to respond to hate incidents and provide services to victims. Through this new protocol, a citywide summit on hate crimes, and budgetary investments, the City has put together a broad strategy to provide robust services to crime victims and continue to focus on preventing hate incidents.?
We must also continue to tackle these horrific incidents and their impacts through our various programs and outreach efforts and by making sure our public safety agencies, community-based organizations and health care providers have the necessary resources they need to support community members who rely on their work and services.
That is why as the budget planning process of the next two fiscal years begins, we have begun to identify ways to further strengthen the City’s commitment to making sure crime victims receive just services while keeping the community safe through prevention services.
Some of the highlights identified and in development include:?
Funding for online banking lessons by Self Help for the Elderly to prevent seniors from being robbed while banking or while in transit back home with cash;
Funding travel vouchers for seniors to take private transit, providing them additional options to travel to and from their destinations;
Continuing funding for designated Cantonese-speaking mental health and trauma recovery services at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS);?
Victim Wraparound services by Community Youth Center (CYC), focusing on limited English proficient victims of hate incidents and crimes;
Street Violence Intervention Program and CYC multiracial neighborhood safety walks in commercial corridors with high-concentrated Asian-operated businesses;?
Senior escort program by Self Help for the Elderly so that seniors are accompanied as they go to doctor appointments or meet friends;
Developing a nurse practitioner program in community-based organizations with the SFDA;
Developing education programs by Community Coalition for Safety & Justice to build bridges between Asian and Black communities and break down stereotypes
Keeping our community safe takes all of us working together. By bringing together various agencies and organizations to form coordinated and unified responses, the City aims to better support those who unfortunately have to go through an often complex and traumatic justice system. Let’s continue to stay vigilant and report all crimes to SFPD.
Lastly, tomorrow, Monday, January 30, we are hosting this year’s Lunar New Year Event at City Hall. We hope to see you there.
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London N. Breed