The Anti-Violence Project of Massachusetts has uploaded a survey intended to gather information about the circumstances and characteristics of hate crimes motivated by gender identity or expression-related bias. Here is the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=IACDT0aZzL6SLF05P0y_2bQA_3d_3d
Responses are requested from transgender victims of hate crimes in Massachusetts and throughout the United States. Please forward this link to transgender people and organizations in the United States. The results will be used to develop better strategies to prevent and combat hate-motivated violence against transgender people.
For more information, please contact Don Gorton, Chairperson of the Anti-Violence Project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the survey page:
This survey is part of a study of anti-transgender hate crimes being conducted by the Anti-Violence Project of Massachusetts. A Report will be published in 2010. The Survey results will be used to develop more effective law enforcement and prevention strategies for combating anti-transgender hate crimes. Please complete the questionnaire if you were the transgender victim of an assault and battery and you perceived that bias related to gender identity or expression was a contributing factor.
In 2001, the Massachusetts Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes issued a regulation defining “gender identity bias” as a covered category of hate crime motivation for purposes of the Massachusetts Hate Crimes Reporting Act (which is broader than the comparable federal statute.) Under the Hate Crimes Reporting Act, law enforcement agencies are called upon to report hate crimes to the Crime Reporting Unit of the State Police. Eight years later, not a single case of anti-trans bias crime has been reported to the Massachusetts State Police. Information about anti-transgender hate crimes is severely lacking, which is hindering the development of effective public policy responses.