City of Eugene issues 2019 Hate and Bias Report, finds decrease in bias crimes

Eugene had 66 bias crimes and non-criminal incidents reported in 2019 — a decrease from 81 incidents in 2018, according to the city’s annual report released Wednesday.

Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis and other city officials gathered at the Historic Mims House Wednesday morning to talk about the city’s eighth report on criminal and non-criminal hate and bias activity. 

“We can’t change what we don’t understand,” Vinis said. “This report gives us the essential information about what members in our community are facing.”

Eugene’s Hate and Bias Report aims to give policymakers and other community members information to help plan education, prevention, intervention, victim assistance and policy strategies.

For Joel Iboa, chair of the Human Rights Commission and one of Wednesday’s speakers, the numbers in the report are personal.