Annual conference to fight against local race hate
Over 40 organisations were represented at The Multi Agency Group against Racial Attacks and Harassment’s (MAGRAH) Annual Conference last month at Wimbledon Community Centre, which focused on local issues in relation to race hate crime.
Representatives from housing associations, the Metropolitan Police, and youth, voluntary and religious groups joined Merton Council officers at the conference. Delegates participated in workshops about young people, the rights of victims, and the role of Social Landlords in tackling racial harassment.
Among the speakers at the conference was the Chair of the MAGRAH, Merton Councillor Mohammad Karim MBE, who talked about the Council’s response to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and taking a multi agency approach to racial incidents.
Chief Inspector Alan West spoke about the progress of the Racially Motivated Crime Project in Merton. He explained Merton has the only dedicated Race Crime Intelligence Officer in London attached to a borough policing unit. The Race Crime Officer works along with other nine other officers on hate crime in the Community Safety Unit. Government funding for the project ceases in March 2002 and Chief Inspector West stressed it was important that partner agencies do their best to ensure the good work continues.
Merton Councillor Mohammad Karim MBE, Chair of the MAGRAH, said; ” I am delighted that so many people from a variety of backgrounds could come together in tackling discrimination in Merton, especially given the current climate.”
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