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Being you is not a crime

An event for professionals to come together and discuss hate crime in Brent was held today on 19 October at the Civic Centre.

The half-day conference which took place during Hate Crime Awareness Week was the official launch of Brent's Hate Crime Campaign which is designed to raise awareness of what hate crime is and encourages both victims and bystanders to report it - writes brent.gov.uk.

A range of speakers presented at the conference including representatives from the European Resource Centre, Mosaic Youth Centre, Mencap, Tell Mamma and the Community Safety Trust, as well as Senior Crown Prosecutor - Maya Arputham and keynote speaker - Kusminder Chahal, a social researcher based at Coventry University.

To support our campaign please tweet using the hashtag #NoPlaceForHate.

Cllr Tom Miller, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:

"This event was a great opportunity for professionals in Brent to come together and discuss ways we can tackle hate crime in the Borough.

"Under no circumstances is hate crime ever acceptable and I hope our campaign will encourage people to come forward and report it.

"Being you is not a crime, targeting you is - see it, report it."

Read also: Young people should speak out for their LGBT peers

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