December 17, 2014 (New York, NY) - The Sikh Coalition’s Legal Program has again worked around the clock this year to protect Sikh hate crime victims. The Sikh Coalition remains the go-to legal resource for any Sikh victim of a hate crime and we were the first called in the most recent spate of attacks this past summer.
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No two hate crime cases are ever the same, but like every case the Sikh Coalition handles, they each receive an immediate and substantial response. For instance, in Sandeep Singh’s case earlier this year, we requested the involvement of the NYPD Hate Crimes Taskforce after the initial investigation. After facing resistance and a lackluster response from the local precinct, we also organized two press rallies to raise public awareness and a dialogue around hate crimes and how to combat them. We connected with the FBI, the NYPD, the NYC Mayor’s Office, the Public Advocate’s Office, and the Queens District Attorney’s Office to raise awareness about Sikh hate crimes, discussed preventative measures, and followed up on the investigation and prosecution. In Dr. Jaspreet Batra’s case, also earlier this year, we involved the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force and worked closely with the client in navigating the juvenile justice system after an arrest was made.
“These two cases are just the most recent examples of when legal action was required and the victims wanted to go public, but over the course of the year we receive dozens of discrimination complaints that require investigation and legal representation,” said Senior Staff Attorney Gurjot Kaur. “Every call to our legal department receives our undivided attention, that’s what each potential case deserves.”
Our Legal Program remains a staunch ally to the community in ensuring that these horrific crimes are handled with respect and dignity, and that justice is obtained. This representation remains the foundational cornerstone of our legal program and the insurance policy that every Sikh in the United States has access to when tragic events like these occur.
As always, the Sikh Coalition encourages all Sikhs to practice their faith fearlessly.