Programs that attempt to reduce the incidence of intimidation, property crimes and violence against individuals on the basis of their real or perceived race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability through a variety of educational interventions that focus on making people aware of the problem, encouraging people to actively condemn behaviours that promote hate crimes, and helping to develop cultural sensitivity in communities that are experiencing tension or where incidents have already occurred.
Programs that provide a hotline, website or other mechanisms that the public can use to anonymously report information about the activities of individuals or organizations that commit acts of violence as a means of supporting their cause; or about situations in which an individual or group has adopted increasingly extreme political, social or religious ideas and has become a potential source of terrorist activity.
Programs that provide assistance for people who believe that they have been treated unfairly or denied normal privileges based on their age, gender, race or ethnocultural origin, nationality, religion, disability, source of income, sexual orientation, same-sex partner status, criminal convictions, political beliefs, marital status or family status. Discrimination protections may be covered by provisions of the Charter of Rights, but are more frequently addressed by statutory law at the federal, provincial or municipal level.
Organizations that work for increased harmony and understanding among diverse groups; reduce tensions based on age, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability; and promote an informed and inclusive, multicultural society. The groups may support community-specific programs to stop racism, homophobia, religious prejudice, linguistic bias, anti-immigrant sentiment and other divisive attitudes that can lead to intergroup tension, hate crimes and related violence.
Organizations that support the passage and enforcement of laws or other social measures that protect the rights of people who have physical, mental, developmental or learning disabilities and maximize their ability to enjoy the same opportunities, resources and privileges as the mainstream population.
Organizations that support the passage and enforcement of laws and other social measures that protect and promote the rights and interests of one or more specific ethnocultural groups.
Organizations that support the passage and enforcement of laws and other social measures which protect the rights and interests of individuals who have newly arrived in the country or which govern the process by which individuals and families are granted permission to immigrate.
Organizations that support the passage and enforcement of laws and other social measures that protect and promote the rights and interests of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, or otherwise as part of the gender and sexually expansive community.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.