Urge Congress to Support Robust Hate Crime Data Collection

The National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality Act of 2017 (NO HATE) Act (S. 662/HR 1566), introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) seeks to improve hate crime reporting and data collection.  The 2015 FBI Hate Crimes Statistics report shows that at least 85 police agencies in cities over 100,000 in population did not provide data to the FBI – or affirmatively reported that they had zero hate crimes.  Data drives policy. The NO HATE Act would provide incentives for hate crime reporting, grants for State-run hate crime hotlines, a Federal private right of action for victims of hate crimes, and additional sentencing options for individuals convicted under the Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

 

Urge Your Members to help improve federal data on hate crimes by supporting the NO HATE Act (S. 662/HR 1566)

 

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I Urge You to Support Robust Hate Crime Data Collection

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you to support the National Opposition to Hate, Assaults, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act (S. 662/HR 1566), that was recently introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representative Don Beyer (D-VA). This act would provide incentives for hate crime reporting, grants for State-run hate crime hotlines, a Federal private right of action for victims of hate crimes, and additional sentencing options for individuals convicted under the Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Today, one hate crime is committed in America every 90 minutes. Yet, the latest FBI Hate Crimes Statistics Report shows that at least 85 police agencies in cities over 100,000 in population did not provide information to the FBI or affirmatively reported that they had zero hate crimes. Data drives policy. Communities cannot accurately know the magnitude of the threat hate violence poses unless their police department is actively tracking them, training their officers to identify them, and reporting to the FBI and state officials on these specially-impactful criminal acts.

In order to address the issue of hate crime, we must have accurate data and reporting. Knowing the nature and magnitude of a problem is the first step in addressing it effectively. I urge you to support this important legislation.





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