Hate Crimes

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 Elliot Zweig, Deputy Director, Middle East Media Research Institute; Chris Hardee, Chief, Law and Policy Office, National Security Division; Daniel Elbaum, Chief Advocacy Officer, American Jewish Committee; and Eugene Kontorovich, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.

On July 15, 2019, the Department of Justice hosted a Summit on Combating Anti-Semitism with opening remarks by Attorney General Barr. The Summit featured a panel on Prosecuting Hate Crimes with representatives from the Civil Rights Division, FBI Criminal Investigative Division, and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and closed with remarks from FBI Director Christopher Wray.

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What is a hate crime?

What is a hate crime?

In the simplest terms, a hate crime must include both “hate” and a "crime."

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Combating hate crimes is one of the Department of Justice’s highest priorities. In this effort to
fight bias and hate, the DOJ created this website as a centralized portal for all its hate
crimes resources for law enforcement, media, researchers, victims, advocacy groups,
and other interested organizations and individuals. Use these resources to learn more about
hate crimes, encourage hate crime reporting, and make America safer for all.