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Oregon’s Bias Response Hotline To Expand

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – When Oregon’s Bias Response Hotline went live on Jan. 2, 2020, people were able to answer about half of incoming calls reporting hate crimes or bias incidents.

With a rise in hate crimes and bias incidents in Oregon and nationwide the two-person office just couldn’t handle the volume.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports callers to the hotline in 2022 will have a far better chance of reaching a person after the Oregon Legislature approved a significant boost in funding which will pay for four additional staff members.

Officials say the office should be fully staffed by the end of the year.

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