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Hate Crimes Experts

May 5, 2009

The University of California, Davis, has experts in psychology, sociology and law who are available to comment on hate crimes and on the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, now before the U.S. Senate. The measure would provide local police and sheriff's departments with federal resources to combat hate violence.

ANTI-GAY HATE CRIME PREVALENCE -- UC Davis psychology professor Gregory Herek is the author of a landmark 2007 study that found that crimes against sexual minority adults, especially gay men, are disturbingly widespread in the United States. The study, published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, showed that nearly four in 10 gay men, and about one in eight lesbians and bisexuals, have been victimized because of their sexual orientation. Herek is also the author of the 1992 book, "Hate Crimes: Confronting Violence Against Lesbians and Gay Men." His research focuses on issues of prejudice and stigma, especially as they apply to sexual orientation and HIV/AIDS. Herek blogs at http://www.beyondhomophobia.com/blog. Contact: Gregory Herek, Psychology, (530) 752-8085, gmherek@ucdavis.edu.

HATE CRIME HISTORY, POLICY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PRACTICE -- Ryken Grattet, professor of sociology at UC Davis, is an authority on the emergence of hate as a crime, as well as on the evolution of policies to combat hate crime. He is a co-author of the 2001 book, "Making Hate a Crime," in which he traces the emergence of an anti-hate-crime movement to the 1980s and predicts that policing and prosecution of hate crime will become more uniform nationally. Ryken is also an author of more than half a dozen scholarly articles on hate crime policy and law enforcement practice, including a 2009 study of hate crimes in Sacramento neighborhoods and a 2008 study of policing of hate crimes in California. Ryken's research focuses on intergroup violence and conflict, deviance, and punishment. Contact: Ryken Grattet, Sociology, (530) 754-6137, rtgrattet@ucdavis.edu.

HATE CRIME AS A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE -- UC Davis School of Law Professor Courtney Joslin can discuss civil rights issues as they pertain to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals. She is co-author of the 2009 book "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Family Law." Her publications also include "The Rights of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender People: An American Civil Liberties Union Handbook." She is a past staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she litigated cases on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and their families. Contact: Courtney Joslin, Law, (530) 752-8325 office, (415) 902-7981 cell, cgjoslin@ucdavis.edu.

ANTI-IMMIGRANT HATE CRIMES -- Kevin Johnson, dean of the UC Davis School of Law, can talk about hate crimes directed at immigrants from Mexico and at Latinos generally -- citizens as well as immigrants. Johnson, the first Latino to head a University of California law school, is the author of "Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink Its Borders and Immigration Laws" and "The 'Huddled Masses' Myth: Immigration and Civil Rights." He served on Barack Obama's Immigration Policy Group during the presidential campaign. Johnson blogs at ImmigrationProf blog, http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/. Contact: Kevin R. Johnson, School of Law, (530) 752-0243, krjohnson@ucdavis.edu.

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