RI Commission on Prejudice & Bias

Hate Crime Prevention

Stop Hate: Education Project


The “Commission” was created in 1981 to monitor hate crimes in RI. We also train law enforcement on issues related to hate and hate crime law.


Our trainers are led by Thomas Palumbo, Assistant Attorney General. We also work with the State Police and other trained professionals.


Our education program has worked with thousands of students throughout RI using creative approaches to address bullying and hate crimes.


We host a half day event at Roger Williams University every Spring. Each year has a different theme and special guest.


The "Commission"
A commission that actively seeks to prevent Hate Crimes through education & training.

TITLE 42 State Affairs and Government CHAPTER 42-80 Prejudice and Bias Commission Act SECTION 42-80-2 § 42-80-2 Commission created – Composition. – (a) There is created the Rhode Island commission on prejudice and bias, hereinafter called the "commission". (b) The commission shall consist of seventeen (17) members, each of whom shall serve a term of two (2) years, expiring on the first anniversary of each member's appointment or on the date that their respective successors are appointed and qualified, whichever is later. The membership of the commission shall consist of three (3) members of the senate appointed by the president of the senate, not more than two (2) from the same political party; three (3) members of the house of representatives to be appointed by the speaker, not more than two (2) of whom shall be from the same political party; three (3) members of the department of the attorney general to be appointed by the attorney general; one member of the state police to be appointed by the superintendent of state police; one member of a municipal police department to be appointed by the president of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association; and six (6) members of the community at large to be appointed by the governor for their interest, expertise and diversity in the field under consideration. The committee shall select one of its members as chairperson. History of Section. (P.L. 1981, ch. 155, § 1; P.L. 1995, ch. 261, § 1; P.L. 1995, ch. 292, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 180, § 117.)

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    WE train law enforcement on Hate Crime laws & responses.

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    WE educate students about the roots of prejudice, bias, bullying & hate crime.

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    WE address community issues including racial profiling, police brutality and Islamaphobia.

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    WE foster relationships between diverse communities and law enforcement.

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