This Week in Hate: State of hate crimes 18 months post election

Mahnoor Hussain | Policy Associate, SAALT

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Fig: Types of Hate Incidents Pre & Post Election

The truth of the matter is, hate crimes in our communities are severely underreported.

Data from the National Crime Victimization Survey suggest that underreporting may be occurring at a factor of over 40:1. Furthermore, the more recently revealed lack of compliance in reporting hate crimes from federal agencies with law enforcement functions is deeply problematic. A 2017 ProPublica investigation revealed that 120 federal agencies did not comply with mandates to submit hate crime data to the FBI. In fact, the FBI itself is not submitting the hate crimes it investigates to its own database.

  1. Ensure preventative measures are responsive to the needs of our communities.
    a) Directs U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country to create local task forces that engage with local community organizations to develop prevention plans and risk assessment tools.
  2. Ensure responses to incidents of hate violence are coordinated, comprehensive, and accommodate the specific needs of our communities.
    a) Develop rapid response plans and protocols to address hate violence.
    b) Mandate the collection of hate crimes data by all national and local law enforcement agencies.
    c) Explore restorative justice approaches that help reduce over reliance on the criminal justice system, which disproportionately criminalizes communities of color.

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A national social justice org working on policy analysis/advocacy on issues affecting the South Asian community: immigration, post 9/11 backlash. www.saalt.org

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