Mayor Adams Appoints New Exec. Director of Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes

Mayor Adams Appoints New Exec. Director of Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes

By Yehudit Garmaise

Mayor Eric Adams has taken another step to prevent and respond to hate crimes in the city by appointing Hassan Naveed as the executive director of the NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC).

As executive director, Naveed, who has a decade of experience working on criminal justice, will oversee the office’s interagency efforts to combat hate crimes using community-based programs and providing support to victims of hate crimes.

Naveed, who stepped into his new role yesterday, previously served as the OPHC’s acting executive director and as the director of outreach at the New York City Department of Investigation’s Office of Inspector General for the New York City Police Department (OIG-NYPD). 

Prior to working at the OIG-NYPD, Naveed worked in Washington, DC, with the police department to lead community efforts to both prevent hate crimes and to improve responses to them.

Naveed, who grew up outside Los Angeles amidst what he said was racial and economic inequity, said on his LinkedIn page that he looks “forward to continuing the city's efforts to fight bigotry, hate, and discrimination, and work alongside city agencies, law enforcement, and community organizations to build a more inclusive and welcoming New York City for all.”

“Diversity is our city’s secret weapon, and we will never tolerate any form of hate because hate has no place here,” said Mayor Adams, who called Naveed a “dedicated, compassionate leader.” “Combatting the scourge of hate [on any] community that calls this city home, requires a holistic, evidence-based approach.” 

“Hate crimes go against who we are as New Yorkers, and they will not be tolerated in our city,” said Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Philip Banks III. “Hassan Naveed is a leader in hate crime prevention with a proven track record of bringing communities together. I look forward to working with him to make sure no one feels unsafe because of who they are, and to make our communities even more tolerant and inclusive.”

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