Sending Office: Honorable Donald S. Beyer, Jr.
Request for Cosponsor(s)
Hate crimes are on the rise in America. In the last few months, America has watched as countless individuals—as well as community centers, religious institutions, and private property—have come under grave danger from threats and crimes motivated by bias
against race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability.
While the latest FBI data show a 6.8% increase in hate crimes in 2015, dramatic underreporting of hate crimes makes it impossible to understand the full scope of the problem. Congress must take action to improve hate crime reporting, provide victims with
more support and options, and encourage entire communities to come together and heal.
The National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act of 2017 establishes incentives for state and local law enforcement to submit credible and complete hate crime reports, creates grants for state-run hate crime
hotlines, creates a federal private right of action for victims of hate crimes, and allows for judges to require community service or educational programming for individuals convicted under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Specifically, the legislation:
- Supports the speedy implementation of the latest crime reporting standard, the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), including training on reporting hate crimes through NIBRS. NIBRS allows law enforcement agencies to
record and report detailed information about crimes, including hate crimes, to the FBI. The FBI has promoted NIBRS in every law enforcement agency, but a lack of resources has stalled full implementation.
- Provides grants for the creation of state-run hate crime hotlines to record information about hate crimes and redirect victims and witnesses to law enforcement and local support services as appropriate, ensuring that hate crimes don’t go
unreported and victims get the help they need.
- Establishes a private right of action for hate crimes, offering victims the option to fight for remedies in civil court, ensuring that everyone—even in states without hate crime laws on the books—can have his or her day
- Promotes understanding and healing by allowing for judges to require individuals convicted under the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 to undergo a period of supervised release, to include community service or education centered on the
community targeted by the crime.
To cosponsor the legislation, please contact Kate Schisler in my office at 5-4376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
e-Dear Colleague version 2.0