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Hate Crimes & LLEHCPA

Hate crimes remain a festering and horrifying problem in the United States. Although there are laws on the books to deter hate crimes and protect their victims, significant gaps remain unfilled.

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New FBI Report Indicates Slight Decrease in Hate Crimes, Though Reporting Numbers Fall

December 3, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

An annual report recently released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed a 7 percent decrease compared to last year’s figures in the number of hate crimes reported by local law enforcement partners in 2012.

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FBI 2011 Report Indicates Slight Decrease in Hate Crimes

December 12, 2012 - Posted by Avril Lighty

An annual report recently released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed a 6 percent decrease in the number of hate crimes reported by law enforcement partners in 2011 to the lowest number of reported hate crimes since 1994.

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Senate Subcommittee Hearing Focuses on Hate Crimes in Wake of Sikh Temple Shooting

September 25, 2012 - Posted by Freddi Goldstein

In response to the recent shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, that left six members of the Sikh religious community dead, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held a hearing on the enforcement of federal anti-hate crime laws and the need to ensure that all communities are receiving adequate protection.

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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.

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Justice Department Announces Resolution of Racially Motivated Crimes

September 7, 2011 - Posted by Corrine Yu

Two brothers who admitted they had hung a dead raccoon from a noose from a flagpole located in front of a Louisiana junior high school pled guilty to intimidating students based on race, the Justice Department announced on September 2.

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Justice Department Wins First Conviction Under Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

May 25, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A federal jury recently convicted an Arkansas man of committing hate crimes against five Hispanic men. The trial conviction of Frankie Maybee is the first under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA).

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Obama Administration Holds Anti-Bullying Conference

March 16, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Last week, the Obama administration held a major anti-bullying conference to call attention to ways that schools and communities can combat bullying.

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Transgender People Face “Injustice at Every Turn”

February 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The National Center for Transgender Equity (NCTE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force recently released “Injustice at Every Turn,” an  extensive study of the transgender and gender non-conforming community that shows tragic social and economic trends indicating injustices and discrimination against transgender people on a massive scale. 

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Hate Crimes Down in 2009, But Much Work Left to Be Done

November 22, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Reported hate crimes in 2009 fell 15 percent from 2008 to 6,604 incidents, the lowest level since 1994, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s annual "Hate Crimes Statistics" report released today.

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Current Legislation

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed into law on October 28, 2009.

A version of the Act was first introduced in 1997, and the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed some version of it at various times since then.

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