Let’s work together to build a Hate-Free OC!

You can play an important role in helping to eliminate HATE in our community.

Unfortunately, over the last year many hateful things were said about: Mexicans, Muslims, Immigrants, Women and others.
People on the fringes of our society took this as license to act on their hate filled views, causing a spate of Hate motivated crimes and incidents in Orange County since November.
This prompted OC Human Relations to create the #HateFreeOC to create a community standard that discourages hate and bigotry and supports OC Human Relations’ mission of building understanding and eliminating prejudice, intolerance and discrimination to make Orange County a better place for ALL people to live, work, go to school and do business.


As of February 14, 2017, OC Human Relations has documented 44 Hate Incidents and 14 Hate Crimes in the County of Orange.

Example of hate incidents include:

  • A Muslim community organization in Anaheim has received numerous hate speech emails and voicemails directed at the Muslim community
  • A Latino gardener was harassed by his client’s neighbor and was told to go back to his country.
  • A 13 year old Latina was told to “Go back where she came from” by a classmate at school.
  • A Muslim woman and her son was told to go back to their country while shopping at a local store.

A breakdown of  Hate Crimes:

  • 7 Vandalism – swastika graffiti’s, N-word and anti-gay slurs painted on freeway overpass, gated community entrance and on church’s walls.
  • 2 Simple Assaults – a man harassed and pulled a hijab off a woman at a gas station
  • 2 Criminal Threats- a manager at a local business receives multiple phone calls with derogatory remarks toward the employee’s Hispanic heritage and threats to shoot him.
  • 1 Harassment – a family was harassed with derogatory remarks about their adopted son’s ethnicity.


In the face of hate, the Commission asserts that we are made strong by our diversity and we cannot let ourselves be pitted against one another based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, immigration status, disability, or politics.

Becky Esparza, Chair, OC Human Relations Commission

About #HateFreeOC

#HateFreeOC  is a public education and awareness campaign designed to:
• Cultivate a hate-free environment in Orange County
• Bring diverse communities together, and
• Promote a peaceful and inclusive community where everyone can thrive.
All Orange County residents want to live in a safe place where they feel respected for who they are.  This campaign sends the message that everyone deserves to live free from hate and violence.

Anyone can take part in #HateFreeOC! It’s all about RESPECT. Learn it. Live it. Lead it.

Read on.

About Hate Crimes 

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The Commission commits to upholding our mission and condemns discrimination by promoting inclusion, cultural awareness, and mutual understanding. We invite the community to: join us in approaching each other’s differences with curiosity and openness; embrace a sense of compassion for targeted groups and people; and respect each other’s differences.

– Rabbi Rick Steinberg, Vice-Chair, OC Human Relations Commission

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We uphold our most important values and refuse to stand for homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination. We ask for the community’s help to build a #HateFreeOC.

– Sean Thomas, OC Human Relations Commission

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  • Endorse the #hatefreeoc campaign or become a partner. Contact Melissa Morgan, Director of Partnerships for more information.

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Through #HateFreeOC, we urge those who work in our communities and neighborhoods – law enforcement, places of worship, schools, businesses, community organizations, and leaders of all ages – to do their part to promote a safe community for ALL.

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