FBI 2010 Report Indicates Slight Increase in Hate Crimes
November 14, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
An annual report released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed a slight rise in the number of hate crimes reported by law enforcement partners in 2010.
The report, Hate Crimes Statistics 2010, found that of the 6,624 single-bias incidents in 2010, 47.3 percent were motivated by race, while 20 percent by religion, 19.3 percent by sexual orientation, 12.8 percent by ethnicity or national origin, and 0.6 percent by disability.
Hate crimes directed at individuals because of race, religion, sexual orientation, and national origin all increased slightly – with a significant increase in the number of reported anti-Islamic crimes.
The FBI's hate crimes collection is voluntary so not every law enforcement agency participates, a fact that civil rights groups have been concerned about since the program started in 1990. In addition, 87 percent of the 14,977 law enforcement agencies that did participate reported that there were no hate crimes incidents in their jurisdictions.
"It is necessary for all agencies to participate in this vital report, and to accurately and effectively communicate the reality of hate crimes in their jurisdiction," said Robert G. Sugarman, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) national chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director. "The HSCA report provides an opportunity to emphasize the importance of a swift and effective response to each and every bias crime. Behind this aggregated data are victims who have been intentionally subjected to violence or vandalism based solely on race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin."