The project “Police and NGO cooperation to combat hate crime in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania” aims to kickstart cooperation between NGOs and national police authorities with the purpose of tackling hate crime against vulnerable groups in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Vulnerable groups include LGBTI community, persons with disabilities, refugees, migrants. During the project, different stakeholders in each country are brought together on a number of events with the purpose of providing them with tools to develop and ensure sustainable cooperation in the future. Furthermore, the project enables civil society organisations to provide better support for victims of hate crime and victims to access necessary information.
Project activities include mapping and countering disability hate crime in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; encouraging cooperation between NGOs and police authorities, carrying through a Training of Trainers on civil society and hate crime, mutual learning and sharing good practices; awareness-raising by production of videos and online guide to recognise and report hate crimes.
The project is co-funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014–2020), and the National Foundation of Civil Society of Estonia.