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In this report:
- Overview & Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- The Nature and Magnitude of the Problem
- Escalating Hate Violence Against Immigrants
- White Supremacist Groups Growing
- Exploiting the Internet to Promote Hatred
- Hate Knows No Borders
- The Human Face of Hate Crimes
- Pending Federal Legislation
- Selected Resources on Hate Crime Response and Counteraction
- Selected Resources on Hate Groups and Extremism
Confronting the New Faces of Hate: Hate Crimes in America, 2009, is an initiative of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF). Staff assistance was provided by Jessica Agarwal, Policy Associate; Lisa Bornstein, Senior Counsel; Rob Randhava, Counsel; Mistique Cano, Vice President of Communications; Clarissa Peterson, Online Communications Manager; Jenna Wandres, Communications and Multimedia Assistant; and Corrine Yu, Senior Counsel and Managing Policy Director, who was a coeditor of the report. Overall supervision was provided by Nancy Zirkin, Executive Vice President.
Special thanks are due to Michael Lieberman, Washington Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a co-editor of the report; and to his colleagues at ADL, Marilyn Mayo, Shayna Alexander, Jonathan Vick, and Darcy Hirsh.
We would like to thank Jonathan Rintels, President, Heathcote Strategies, and Peter Loge, Principal, Milo Public Affairs LLC, who were the principal authors of the report, as well as acknowledge the contributions of members of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Hate Crimes Task Force:
- Anne Hedgepeth, American Association of University Women;
- Kareem Shora, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee;
- Aimee Badillo, Asian American Justice Center;
- Tad Stahnke and Paul LeGendre, Human Rights First;
- David Stacy and Cristina Finch, Human Rights Campaign;
- Floyd Mori and Bill Yoshino, Japanese American Citizens League;
- John Amaya, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund;
- Kesia Brown and Sharyn Tejani, National Partnership for Women and Families;
- and Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center.
Throughout the report, we have relied on resources of task force members, which are listed in the report's bibliography.
The design and layout were created by Jenna Wandres of LCCREF and Laurie Rosenthal Seiler of Rosenthal Seiler Design.
This report is an update of our 2004 report, Cause for Concern. Sadly, five years later, the problem of hate crimes continues to be a significant national concern that demands priority attention. The purpose of this report is to highlight the need for a coordinated response by every sector of society to eradicate this problem.
The authors and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of statements and interpretations contained in this publication.
Karen McGill Lawson, President and CEO, LCCREF
Wade J. Henderson, Esq., Counselor, LCCREF*
*Wade J. Henderson is also president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation's oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition.