In order to strengthen its response to violent hate crime in the United States, Human Rights First makes the following recommendations to the U.S. government.
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation should:
- update its reporting form and its 1999 publications Training Guide for Hate Crime Data Collection and Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines to reflect recent realities and trends in hate crime incidents;
- collect and publish data on bias crimes directed at individuals on the basis of their gender and gender identity;
- expand the categories for which data is collected and published by including sections for “Anti-Arab,” “Anti-Sikh,” and “Anti-Hindu,” as crime victim categories;
- The Department of Justice should take steps to increase awareness and understanding by local jurisdictions of the importance of reporting hate crimes to the FBI and otherwise encourage reporting by law enforcement agencies that have not participated, have underreported, or have reported zero hate crimes in the past. This could include increased federal resources for local law enforcement agencies that participate in hate crime reporting; efforts to increase participation in the FBI’s training for local enforcement in monitoring and combating hate crimes; and enhanced scrutiny of the performance for nominal participant agencies that consistently report zero hate crimes.
Executive Summary | Violent Hate Crimes on the Rise | Violence Based on Racism and Xenophobia | Violence Based on Religious Bias | Violence Based on Sexual Orientation Bias | Violence Based on Disability Bias | The Framework of Law | Monitoring Violent Hate Crimes | Recommendations | Section Endnotes |