hate crimes referred to crimes where perpetrators acted out against a victim because
of his or her race, religion, or nation of origin. However, today’s
definition of hate crime is broader. The
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines a hate crime as a “traditional offense like
arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias.”
Today, the FBI has defined hate crimes as an offense against a person or
property due to the offender’s bias against any of the following:
- A person’s race
- A person’s religion
- A person’s gender
- A person’s sexual orientation
- A person’s ethnicity
- A person’s gender identify
The FBI has been investigating hate crimes in the United States since World
War I. Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, the FBI’s
role in investigating and fighting hate crimes has only increased. While
most hate crimes are investigated on the local and state levels, the FBI
continues to help local and state agencies combat hate crimes throughout
Here are some ways the FBI helps fight hate crime:
- If someone violates a federal civil rights statute, the FBI is the main
agency in charge of investigating the violation.
- The FBI offers its assistance to local and state authorities, even when
the perpetrators are not prosecuted in federal court.
- Most of the FBI’s field offices assist local Hate Crime Working Groups
by helping them address local hate crime issues.
- The FBI offers hundreds of workshops, seminars, and training sessions each
year for community groups, religious organizations, and law enforcement
agencies to reduce hate crimes and civil rights abuses.
- The FBI has partnered with a number of local civil rights organizations
to share information, address problems, and find solutions. Some of these
organizations include the American-Arab Discrimination Committee, the
Anti-Defamation League, the Asian American Justice Center, and the National
Organization for Women among others.
Are you facing state or
federal charges for committing a hate crime? If so, you need a skilled
criminal defense attorney to protect your freedom and your future. To get started,
contact our firm to schedule a
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