The program is in the form of a fictional trial. At the conclusion of the trial, the students (or community members) break into small “jury” groups to discuss the issues presented and, with the assistance of a facilitator, reach a verdict. The program is based on a similar program that has been offered since 1994 by the Colorado Lawyers Committee throughout Colorado.
Program Coordinator Manual
The Program Coordinator Manual explains how to establish a Hate Crimes Education Program, including tips on working with teachers and with lawyer and non-lawyer volunteers (who will play the roles of prosecutor, defense attorney, judge and facilitators).
Hate Crime Script
People v. Patrick Witten. Patrick Witten, a high school student, is charged with four hate crimes against a Muslim teacher, a perceived LGBT student and others at his school (including by way of a social media threat). The script refers to four exhibits which are available upon request from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Typical Hate Crime Statue
The Volunteer Guide describes each part of the presentation and provides guidance about the most effective presentation techniques. This Guide is accompanied by a one-hour Training Video which serves as an introduction to the program for volunteers and includes tips and takeaways.
The Teacher Guide offers details on the program for teachers, including suggestions for effective classroom curriculum before the presentation. This Guide is accompanied by a short Trailer designed to introduce the program
Teachers Survey can be sent to teachers after the presentation to gauge the effectiveness of the course.