Hate Crimes Project
CAIR-Chicago is routinely contacted by community members who have experienced hate crimes as a result of their religion. Fortunately, working in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Rights and a number of local activists and agencies, CAIR-Chicago was instrumental in 2017 in getting changes enacted to Illinois’ Hate Crime law.
The revisions allow individuals who have been impacted by hate crimes to bring their own lawsuits against the offenders, regardless of whether or not they were charged criminally or convicted. In addition, the new law permits the imposition of a civil penalty of up to $25,000.00 for each violation of the Act, as well provides for the payment of compensation for emotional distress, attorney’s fees and Court costs, and punitive damages.