Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is concerned about statistics showing hate crimes are on the rise. His office recently started a phone hotline –(773)- 674-HELP (4357)–for anyone who is fearful or feels they may be attacked or harmed due to their race, religion, LGBT status, ethnic group or other identifying factor.
NLU’s Seema Imam Ed.D., associate professor of education, was featured on WBBM Radio, a CBS affiliate, WBEZ Radio, a National Public Radio station, and ChicagoTonight.wttw.com, during news reports about the launching of the hotline.
Imam is a member of the Sheriff’s Muslim Advisory Council, and stresses tolerance in order to prevent discrimination and targeting of Muslims and other groups.
“Sheriff Dart is very actively looking for ways to keep things safe,” Imam said. “The hotline that he announced is for ALL —whoever feels discrimination or fear. They route the calls to those who can help.”
Usually, hotline personnel contact local law enforcement agencies, and are able to determine which agency has jurisdiction in a given area.
Please feel free to share the hotline number: (773) 674-HELP (4357)