Camden, N.J. – In 2017, 10% of the 549 reported bias incidents in New Jersey were motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity or expression, according to the 2017-18 Bias Incident Report.

In honor of National Pride Month, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is highlighting the work being done to address bias or hate crimes and connect victims to resources.

“Over the last few years, data shows bias incidents have increased in the state of New Jersey,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “As part of the statewide effort to address these incidents, each and every Assistant Prosecutor and Detective in our Major Crimes Unit is specially trained to investigate and prosecute all crimes within the county motivated by prejudice based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, disability, ethnicity, or national origin.”

The CCPO also reports these crimes to the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, which collects information regarding bias crimes with an eye toward ensuring uniformity of prosecution throughout the state.

“Having our entire Major Crimes Unit well educated on how to identify, investigate, and prosecute these incidents is crucial in bringing justice to victims who are targeted for simply being who they are,” said Mayer.

To report a bias crime in Camden County contact Detective Kyrus Ingalls at 856-225-5105 or call 1-800-277-BIAS (2427).