Latinos—and particularly young Latinos—face disproportionate risks of experiencing violent crime. Latinos under 30 are almost three times as likely to be homicide victims as white people the same age. Latinos are more likely than average to be threatened or attacked with a gun. And when Latinos report crimes, the report is less likely to lead to an arrest than the same crimes do when the victims are white.
Despite these disparities, the research on Latino victimization is somewhat sparse. Until recently, studies focused more on perpetrators than on victims, and on white and black victims to the exclusion of other groups. Government data sometimes omitted “Hispanic” as a category, making it difficult to examine how crime has affected Latinos over time. In the past two decades, though, more has been documented about the rates and consequences of victimization of Latinos.
This resource site summarizes research about Latinos as victims of crimes in California and nationwide....more.
Nearly 19 million Latinos are foreign born, more than a third of the total. Among those immigrants, more than 13 million, about two-thirds of the Hispanic foreign born, are not U.S. citizens—indeed,...more.
A recent study of shifts in crime against Latinos has stated that Latinos are more vulnerable to crime resulting from economic downturns than white people (Lauritsen & Heimer, 2010). It found that...more.
The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) has found comparable overall rates of reporting violent crime to police by Latinos, whites, and blacks from 2006 to 2010 (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2...more.
There is some evidence that hate crimes against Latinos are on the rise. Initial findings from the National Institute of Justice (2011) show that hate crimes against Latinos increased from 1997 to 200...more.
Two national surveys indicate that Latinos are more likely than whites to be subject to the use of force by police officers (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2011 ; Weitzer & Tuch, 2004). Police ...more.
In 2013, Californians for Safety and Justice surveyed Californians about their experiences with crime and opinions about victims' services and criminal justice policy. The report of their findings, Ca...more.