- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has created a program to support victims of online harassment.

The Cyber Civil Rights Monitor program announced Monday provides guidance, education and advocacy for victims of cyberbullying regardless of age, ethnicity or religion.

The program’s organizers say it focuses on cyberbullying as a civil rights violation and is a response to suicides attributed to cyberbullying. Efforts include lobbying legislation criminalizing cyberbullying and helping law enforcement identify potential cases for prosecution.

ADC-Michigan Director Fatina Abdrabboh said in a statement that the program “is a new dimension in our overarching goal of combatting all forms of hate, online and in our daily lives.” Victims of cyberbullying are encouraged to contact ADC-Michigan.

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