protected class status for the homeless

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Hi, I just wanted to sum up what I recently learned from others at a =
conference workshop regarding the need for protected class status for =
the homeless-Do you agree or disagree?

Protected class status for the homeless-needed to stop hate crimes and =
violence against the homeless

Some dilema's

1. Under-reporting of hate crimes (crimes directed against a person just =
due to their houseless situation) against homeless individuals.

a) not recognized by police as a hate crime
b) homelessness not reported by hospital staff or doctor providing care =
to the victim    =20
c) poor reporting system or lack of community to consider homeless =
status of a hate crime victim   =20

2. The victim cannot pursue legal avenues against the purprtrator   =20

a) often the victim becomes the criminal-reversal
b) the justice system does not recognize hate crimes due to the status =
of being housed versus housed (homeless status)-therefore long legal =
battles
c) the victim is unwilling to trust the judicial system
d) lack of money to hire legal assistance

What are some of the solutions?

1. A system to document hate crimes against the homeless locally and =
nationally.

a) used to raise awareness at the local level
b) statistics to use nationally to show that there is a need for =
protected class status under the federal governemnt- a national problem
c) to have statistics to organize protected class status within the =
individual U.S. states- your state!

2. Protected class status through legislation at the state and federal =
levels

a) would provide funding to pursue hate crimes against the homeless-if =
protected by legislation the local or federal governemnt must provide =
for the legal fees of the victim pursuing the purpetrator

b) give the victim protected status in the judicial system-keep him from =
becoming the criminal (or being seen as the criminal)

3. Documenting the victims story

a) so we can educate others
b) this person is the expert since they have been through it-expert =
testimony
c) to share the experience-talk about it-get in their faces with it


I am not sure if I touched upon all the points. Feel free to correct me =
if I missed one which you think is important.=20

Catalina







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Hi, I just wanted to sum up what I = recently=20 learned from others at a conference workshop regarding the need for = protected=20 class status for the homeless-Do you agree or disagree?
 
Protected class status for the = homeless-needed=20 to stop hate crimes and violence against the homeless
 
Some dilema's
 
1. Under-reporting of hate crimes = (crimes=20 directed against a person just due to their houseless situation) against = homeless individuals.
 
a) not recognized by police as a = hate=20 crime
b) homelessness not reported by = hospital staff=20 or doctor providing care to the=20 victim     
c) poor reporting system or lack of = community to=20 consider homeless status of a hate crime=20 victim    
 
2. The victim cannot pursue legal = avenues=20 against the purprtrator   
 
a) often the victim becomes the=20 criminal-reversal
b) the justice system does not = recognize hate=20 crimes due to the status of being housed versus housed (homeless=20 status)-therefore long legal battles
c) the victim is unwilling to trust = the judicial=20 system
d) lack of money to hire legal=20 assistance
 
What are some of the = solutions?
 
1. A system to document hate crimes = against the=20 homeless locally and nationally.
 
a) used to raise awareness at the = local=20 level
b) statistics = to use=20 nationally to show that there is a need for protected class status under = the=20 federal governemnt- a national problem
c) to have statistics to organize protected class = status=20 within the individual U.S. states- your state!
 
2. Protected class status through = legislation at=20 the state and federal levels
 
a) would provide funding to pursue = hate crimes=20 against the homeless-if protected by legislation the local or federal = governemnt=20 must provide for the legal fees of the victim pursuing the=20 purpetrator
 
b) give the victim protected status in the judicial=20 system-keep him from becoming the criminal (or being seen as the=20 criminal)
 
3. Documenting the victims = story
 
a) so we can educate = others
b) this person = is the expert=20 since they have been through it-expert testimony
c) to share the experience-talk about it-get in = their faces=20 with it
 
 
I am not sure if I touched upon all = the points.=20 Feel free to correct me if I missed one which you think is important.=20
 
Catalina
 
 
 
 
 
 
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