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HACCEN is the HAte Crimes Community ENgagement Working Group -- an initiative to support vulnerable communities and individuals who may experience hate crimes.  HACCEN's mission is to develop, foster, and facilitate a private-public partnership to help raise awareness of hate crimes or incidents in our communities and to share real-time information about threats, incidents, indicators, trends, and best practices to mitigate risks associated with hate crimes.

HACCEN is a joint project of two chapters of InfraGard: the National Capital Region chapter, or InfraGardNCR, and the New York Metro chapter, or InfraGardNYM.  These two chapters are collaborating with the Faith-Based Information Sharing & Analysis Organization to pilot HACCEN for people who live and/or work in any of these metro areas:  DC, New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

What does HACCEN do?

We use a listserver to share information and best practices about hate crimes mitigation.  We host occasional webinars.  We use this HACCEN portal to archive listserver postings, to store webinar recordings and relevant intelligence products, and to form smaller informal discussion groups.

Who can join?

You are welcome to apply to join HACCEN if you:

  • are in a position to access and potentially share threat information and/or best practices for mitigating hate crimes
  • and will not use this group to market or promote commercial or for-profit products and services.

You must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You are a current InfraGard member or have an application pending with any InfraGard chapter
  • You are an active member of the Faith-Based Information Sharing & Analysis Organization
  • You have a verified affiliation with an advocacy or community group that has been approved by the HACCEN Steering Committee
  • You are the employee of any government agency or any law enforcement agency at any level (federal, state, local, or tribal) and have a law enforcement or government email address
  • You otherwise ask to join with an explanation that's approved by the HACCEN Steering Committee

How do I join?

Click here to register and complete the form.  Please allow up to 72 hours for administrators to review your information.

Who runs this group?

The parameters for HACCEN's structure, function, and membership were established by a steering committee consisting of individual members of the Faith-Based ISAO, of InfraGardNYM, of InfraGardNCR, and of community/advocacy groups, including the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, and the Office of Access and Functional Needs at the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.  Admission to HACCEN is facilitated by a small team of coordinators from InfraGardNCR, InfraGardNYM, and the Faith-Based ISAO.  The technical platform for the portal and listserver is maintained by the Executive Partnership for Integrated Collaboration, or EPIC (www.epicus.org), a nonprofit group based in Charlotte, NC.

What if I have further questions?

You can email the InfraGardNCR board of directors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For membership questions, email the InfraGardNCR coordinators at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For technical questions, contact EPIC executive director Rob Gomes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..