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Hate Crimes and Bias Incidents

Report a Hate Crime

For Emergency Cases

If someone is in imminent danger, dial 9-1-1 or your local police to get immediate help.

For Non-Emergency Cases
If you believe you are the victim of a hate crime or believe you witnessed a hate crime:

STEP 1: Report the crime to your local police.
STEP 2: Report the crime to the Michigan Attorney General and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Michigan Attorney General

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
(313) 965-2323

To File a Complaint of Discrimination

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights does not investigate hate crime, but we can investigate acts of discrimination in Employment, Education, Housing, Public Accommodation, Public Service, and Law Enforcement. The alleged discrimination must be based on race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, genetic information, marital status, familial status, height, weight and/or arrest record.

File a Complaint


Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crime

The Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes (MIAAHC) was created by the United States Department of Justice, United States Attorneys’ Offices in Michigan, and the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and Department of Civil Rights. MIAAHC is a statewide coalition of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, civil rights organizations, community-based groups, educators, and anti-violence advocates working to ensure a complete and effective response to hate crimes and bias incidents.

For support or resources, or to get involved, contact MIAAHC at

Take the MI Response to Hate Pledge!

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MI Response to Hate Campaign

The MI Response to Hate Campaign is an ongoing series of virtual forums and an annual conference presented by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

Screen capture of a video frame. Text: What's Your Response?

Watch the MI Response to Hate PSA


Next Virtual Forum:

2023 MI Response to Hate Schedule:

Making Michigan Accessible
Date: Thursday, August 24, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Register Here:

August 24: Making Michigan Accessible

September 14: MI Response to Hate 2023 Conference

Flyer featuring a young woman sitting in a wheelchair. Text MAKING MICHIGAN ACCESSIBLE. Join the Michigan Department of Civil Rights as they explore disability law and the ways that Michigan businesses can ensure that their goods and services are accessible to all. Advance registration is required. UPCOMING VIRTUAL FORUM Date: Thursday, August 24 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Topic: Making Michigan Accessible Register Here:  August 24 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Photo of protests with a capitol in the background. Text: Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the deaths of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. MI RESPONSE TO HATE CONFERENCE. LEGISLATING AGAINST HATE. September 14, 2023 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Speakers: Michael Lieberman, Southern Poverty Law Center. Becky L. Monroe, California Civil Rights Department. Louvon Byrd Harris, The Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing. Judy and Dennis Shepard, Matthew Shepard Foundation. Required Pre-Registration Ends Sept. 1. Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

Previous Topics:

Eliminating Hate and Bias in Law Enforcement

Eliminating Hate and Bias in Schools

Eliminating Hate and Bias in Healthcare

Eliminating Hate and Bias in Housing

Cultivating a More Diverse, Equitable, & Inclusive Workplace

Hate Crime Reporting Virtual Forum-MDCR

Unpacking the Impact of Hate and Bias

Race-Based Hate and Bias: What It Looks Like and What We Can Do About It

Hate Crime or Bias Incident: What's the Difference

How to Help Victims of Hate Crime Posters

Hate Crime Response Flyer English-Spanish

Hate Crime Response Flyer English-Arabic


Michigan Attorney General Hate Crimes and Domestic Terrorism Unit

United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan

United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan

US Department of Justice