About Us

Hate incidents across the United States are surging, devastating individuals and entire communities. Hundreds of organizations in communities across the country work to combat hate every day. To help combat this trend and support those organizations, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law launched the Stop Hate Project in March 2017.

In 2020, the Stop Hate Project relaunched as the James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate (the Byrd Center). The Byrd Center works to support communities and individuals targeted for hate and challenge white supremacy. The Byrd Center is named in honor of James Byrd Jr., a black man who was killed in 1998 in Jasper, Texas, when he was picked up by three white supremacists and driven to an isolated rural road where he was brutally murdered. Learn more.