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Have you experienced xenophobia, or do you know a victim of xenophobia?


A xenophobic hate crime is a criminal offence that is motivated by a bias, hostility or prejudice towards people due to their actual or perceived descent, national or ethnic origin. In general is an attitude, prejudice or behaviour that rejects, excludes and often vilifies a person or a group, based on the perception that they are outsiders or foreigners to the community, society or national identity.

What to do if you witness a xenophobic hate crime or if you know someone who is a victim:

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Keep your eyes open to the different types of xenophobia.


Incitement to xenophobic violence or hatred 


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  • Sieć Pomocy Osobom Pokrzywdzonym Przestępstwem - Fundusz Sprawiedliwości
  • Otwarta Rzeczpospolita – Stowarzyszenie przeciw Antysemityzmowi i Ksenofobii
  • Fundacja A.R.T.
  • Instytutu Psychologii Zdrowia Polskiego Towarzystwa Psychologicznego
  • Ogólnopolskie Pogotowie dla Ofiar Przemocy w Rodzinie "Niebieska Linia"

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