Urge Congress to Improve Hate Crimes Reporting

Hate crimes in the United States are on the rise. Yet our nation’s ability to address this increase is hindered by a lack of information about these crimes. In 2017, Miami, Newark, Syracuse and more than 85 other cities with a population over 100,000 failed to report hate crimes to the FBI.

Join the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, co-convened by AJC and the Islamic Society of North America, in standing up for the civil rights of all Americans by advocating for legislation that improves the FBI’s ability to more accurately track hate crimes. We cannot allow crimes motivated by hatred towards a victim’s real or perceived race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability to go unchecked and uncounted.

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Email Your Members of Congress
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Support Legislation to Improve Hate Crimes Reporting
Dear (recipient name),

As your constituent, I encourage you to cosponsor a bill to promote and incentivize hate crime reporting. Introduced in the House as the National Opposition to Hate, Assaults, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act by Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Pete Olson (R-TX), and in the Senate as the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). The bill will improve hate crime reporting through law enforcement trainings, the creation of reporting hotlines, increasing resources to liaise with affected communities, and public educational forums on hate crimes.

Hate crimes divide American society, terrorize communities, and ultimately threaten the rights, security, and lives of all Americans. According to the latest FBI report in 2017, the occurrence of hate crimes continues to rise. In 1990, Congress passed the Hate Crimes Statistics Act which requires the Attorney General to collect data on “race, gender and gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.” For more than two decades, thousands of city, county, college and university, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies have voluntarily submitted hate crimes data to the FBI. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 is the first statute allowing federal authorities to understand, investigate, and prosecute hate crimes. However, due to inaccurate and incomplete hate crime reporting, we lack a complete understanding of the national problem posed by these crimes.

More than 90 cities of over 100,000 residents do not report hate crimes to the FBI. Miami, Newark, and Syracuse are among the cities on this list.

This bill will issue grants, managed through the Department of Justice, to empower state and local governments to improve hate crimes reporting. In exchange for receiving grants, state and local governments must provide additional information pertaining to hate crimes in their jurisdiction. If they fail to do so, they must repay the grants in full. It also amends the penalties for hate crimes by allowing courts to require that offenders engage in education about or service to the affected communities.

Please consider cosponsoring and supporting this important legislation. These measures will allow law enforcement agencies to assess and ultimately reduce bias-motivated crime across the United States. Thank you for considering my views on this matter.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]