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Please click the image/link below to download a fact sheet with detailed graphics and information on hate crimes reported to the FBI for New York in 2022.

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Fast Facts on New York Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 200 32 386
Religion 202 21 421
Sexual Orientation 40 15 123
Disability 0 0 4
Gender 7 2 0
Gender Identity 14 1 19
Total: 463 71 953

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 488 50.6%
Crimes Against Property 473 49.1%
Crimes Against Society 3 0.3%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 386 40.5%
Religion 421 44.2%
Sexual Orientation 123 12.9%
Disability 4 0.4%
Gender 0 0.0%
Gender Identity 19 2.0%

 


*2021 was the first year that the annual hate crimes statistics were reported entirely through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).  As a result of the shift to NIBRS-only data collection, law enforcement agency participation in submitting all crime statistics, including hate crimes, fell significantly from 2020 to 2021.  


Case Examples

 

A judge sentenced a Californian man to more than a year in prison for making anti-LGBTQ+ threats against the dictionary company Merriam-Webster, Inc., and others.

Between October 2 and October 8, 2021, the defendant made a series of threatening messages and comments. Some of the threats were about the word entries for “Girl” and “Woman”, and the defendant sent comments through the website threatening to bomb Merriam-Webster’s offices. These threats led Merriam-Webster to temporarily close its offices in Springfield, Massachusetts and New York City, New York.

The same online user made similar threats to others, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Land O’ Lakes, Hasbro, Inc., IGN Entertainment, the President of the University of North Texas, two professors at Loyola Marymount University, and a New York rabbi.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/california-man-sentenced-threatening-merriam-webster-anti-lgbtq-violence

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/california-man-pleads-guilty-threatening-merriam-webster-anti-lgbtq-violence

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/california-man-accused-threatening-merriam-webster-anti-lgbtq-violence-indicted

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/california-man-arrested-and-charged-making-threats-against-lgbtq-community

A New York man was sentenced to more than a year in prison for conspiring to attack New Yorkers because of their actual or perceived Jewish or Israeli identity.

According to evidence, the defendant conspired with others to commit Antisemitic hate crimes in New York City. On three separate occasions, the defendant assaulted people who were wearing religious clothing or items associated with Judaism or Israel.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/staten-island-man-sentenced-18-months-prison-conspiracy-commit-antisemitic-hate-crimes

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/antisemitic-assailant-pleads-guilty-conspiracy-commit-hate-crimes

A federal grand jury indicted a New York man in connection with the mass shooting at the Tops grocery store on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, New York.

The indictment alleges that on or about May 14, the man opened fire and shot multiple individuals in and around the Tops grocery store, which resulted in the deaths of 10 Black people, as well as injury to three others.

The defendant faces up to life in prison or the death penalty.

An indictment is a serious accusation. But the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-grand-jury-indicts-accused-tops-shooter-federal-hate-crimes-and-firearms-charges

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/accused-tops-shooter-charged-federal-hate-crimes-and-using-firearm-commit-murder

In November 2019, a woman, who is Jewish, began receiving numerous threatening text messages, voicemails and Facebook posts. In several text messages and voicemails, which continued until June 2020, the defendant threatened to murder and seriously injure the woman. He also threatened to blow up her house and car. Some of the threatening text messages contained anti-Semitic references to the Holocaust.

On December 23, 2019, the first day of Hannukah, the defendant sent the woman a message that included the words “Suns about to go down. It would be a shame if your house were used to light the menorah. Or turned in a gas chamber.” On April 8, 2020, the first day of Passover, he wrote “I’m going to kill you. You better be gone because if you’re in [the victim’s housing community] Easter weekend I’m going to stick you in an oven. Or I’m going to shoot you . . . . I should send you to a concentration camp.”

On June 26, 2020, only a few hours before the defendant was located and arrested by the FBI, the defendant left the victim a voicemail message stating, “The police are not going to help you. The courts are not going to help you. . . . I will kill you.”

The FBI investigation identified several other people who had been similarly threatened and harassed by the defendant.

On April 27, 2021, the defendant pled guilty to one count of interference with the right to fair housing, a hate crime, and one count of sending threatening communications. He was sentenced to 36 months of imprisonment, and additional punishment.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ct/pr/new-york-man-sentenced-3-years-federal-prison-hate-crime-offenses

A New York man was arrested and charged with setting fire to a yeshiva (a Jewish school) and synagogue on May 19, 2021.

He was captured on surveillance video piling and igniting garbage bags next to a Brooklyn building that housed a yeshiva and a synagogue. Hours later, he was captured on surveillance video again, this time repeatedly punching a man wearing traditional Hasidic garb. There was no interaction between the defendant and the victim prior to the assault.

The charge in the complaint is an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, and a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/brooklyn-man-arrested-arson-yeshiva-and-synagogue

A New York Man has been charged by federal criminal complaint with making anti-Semitic death threats to a resident of Stratford, Connecticut.

On December 23, 2019, the first day of Hanukkah, the man began sending the victim, who is Jewish, threatening text messages. In several messages, he threatened to murder or seriously injure the victim. He also threatened to blow up the victim’s house and car. Some of the threatening text messages contained anti-Semitic references to the Holocaust.

The charges, which include a hate crime, carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ct/pr/new-york-man-arrested-hate-crime

A federal grand jury has indicted a New York man with federal hate crimes including willfully causing bodily injury to five victims because of the victims’ religion and for obstructing the free exercise of religion by attempting to kill during Hanukkah observances at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York.

The indictment alleges that on December 28, 2019, the subject was armed with an 18-inch machete and entered a rabbi’s home—adjacent to the rabbi’s synagogue—where dozens had gathered for Hanukkah. There he slashed and stabbed several of the assembled congregants. At least five victims were hospitalized with severe injuries. It is alleged that he targeted and attacked the congregants because of their religion.

Following the attack, he was stopped by members of the New York City Police Department. In the vehicle they saw a machete that appeared to have traces of dried blood on it. After securing warrants, law enforcement searched the subject’s residence and cellphone. The residence contained handwritten journals with several pages of anti-Semitic references, including references to “Adolf Hitler” and “Nazi Culture.” The cellphone contained internet searches for terms such as “Zionist Temples in Staten Island and New Jersey,” “why did Hitler hate the Jews,” and “prominent companies founded by Jews in America.” Also found was a webpage visit on the day of the attack to an article titled, “New York Increases Police Presence in Jewish Neighborhoods After Anti-Semitic Attacks. Here’s What to Know.”

Each count carries a maximum prison term of life.

Press Release:https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/orange-county-man-charged-additional-federal-hate-crimes-december-28-2019-machete-attack


News

July 16, 2024

Georgian National Charged with Soliciting Hate Crimes and a Mass Casualty Attack in New York City


May 23, 2024

Justice Department Announces Achievements in Police Reform in Suffolk County, New York


April 19, 2024

White Supremacist Leader Sentenced to 44 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Make Death Threats Against Brooklyn Journalist


April 10, 2024

Former Cornell Student Pleads Guilty to Posting Online Threats Against Jewish Students on Campus


March 14, 2024

Florida Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Leaving Threatening Voicemail Targeted at Jewish Organization in New York


March 7, 2024

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks at the Anti-Defamation League’s Never is Now Summit


February 6, 2024

New York Man Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Transport a Firearm Interstate


November 27, 2023

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York


September 27, 2023

Leader of White Supremacist Group Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Make Death Threats Against Journalist


March 3, 2023

New York Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Commit Antisemitic Hate Crimes


November 22, 2022

Antisemitic Assailant Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Hate Crimes


September 29, 2022

DOJ Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York Launch United Against Hate Program in Buffalo


August 4, 2022

New York Man Accused of Using Twitter to Threaten to Kill Blacks at Buffalo Grocery Stores


August 3, 2022

New York Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Mailing Threatening Letters to LGBTQ+ Affiliated Individuals


July 14, 2022

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Accused Tops Shooter on Federal Hate Crimes and Firearms Charges in Buffalo, New York


June 15, 2022

Accused Tops Shooter Charged with Federal Hate Crimes and Using a Firearm to Commit Murder


June 15, 2022

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks Announcing Accused Tops Shooter Charged with Federal Hate Crimes and Using a Firearm to Commit Murder


May 16, 2022

Statement on the FBI Response to the Shooting in Buffalo, New York


May 14, 2022

Justice Department Statement on the Mass Shooting in Buffalo, New York


February 23, 2022

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Mailing Threatening Letters to LGBTQ+ Affiliated Individuals


August 25, 2021

New York Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Hate Crime Offenses


July 14, 2021

NYPD and FBI New York Fight Asian Hate with New Joint Public Awareness Campaign


May 22, 2021

New York Man Arrested for Arson of Yeshiva and Synagogue


April 28, 2021

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime Offenses


March 29, 2021

Acting U.S. Attorney Mark J. Lesko, FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Urge the Public to Report Hate Crimes


June 30, 2020

New York Man Arrested for Hate Crime


February 26, 2020

Brooklyn Man Arrested For Making Race-Based Threats Of Violence


January 28, 2020

Brooklyn Woman Charged with Federal Hate Crimes for Anti-Semitic Attacks During Hanukkah


January 9, 2020

Orange County Man Charged with Additional Federal Hate Crimes for December 28, 2019, Machete Attack at Rabbi’s Home


December 30, 2019

Orange County Man Charged with Federal Hate Crimes for December 28, 2019, Machete Attack at Rabbi’s Home


July 23, 2019

Iowa Man Charged With Making Threats To Manhattan-Based Jewish Organization


April 11, 2019

Bronx Man Convicted Of Defacing African Burial Ground National Monument With Threatening Racial Slur


December 6, 2018

Queens Resident Sentenced to More than 18 Years’ Imprisonment for Hate Crimes Targeting Arabs, Muslims and Hindus


November 20, 2018

Bronx Man Charged With Defacing African Burial Ground National Monument With Threatening Racial Slur


April 7, 2017

FBI New York Hosts Hate Crimes Symposium, Broadens Collaborative Efforts with Local and State Officials


Click here to read more DOJ news related to hate crimes.


Grant Awardees

 

Community-Based Approaches to Prevent and Address Hate Crimes

Committee of 100 | A Comprehensive and Coordinated Response to Addressing Anti-Asian Hate Crimes in NYC | FY 2022

New York City Anti-Violence Project | Hate Violence Reporting and Prevention Strategies in the LGBTQ Community | FY 2022

Right To Be | Bystander Intervention to Prevent and De-escalate Hate-Based Violence Against LGBTQ+ Community Members in Texas | FY 2023


Services to Support Victims of Hate Crime and Strengthen Communities

Futures Without Violence subawardee: King Urban Life Center, Inc. | Community IMPACT: Imagining Multidisciplinary Pathways to Assist, Care & Thrive |


Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Program

Nassau County | NCDA Hate Crime Response and Reporting Enhancement Program | FY 2022

New York City Police Department | New York City Police Department FY22 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Program

Suffolk County | Community Expansion to Combat and Curb Hate Crimes in Suffolk County, New York | FY 2023


Resources

The resources below include specific examples, experiences, or information related to New York.
Go to the Resources page to access all resources.

Publication | Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) | Law Enforcement

Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness – A Guide for Law Enforcement


 

DOJ Offices

FBI Field Offices

FBI

 

Albany
200 McCarty Avenue
Albany, NY 12209

T: 518.465.7551
albany.fbi.gov

New York
26 Federal Plaza, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10278-0004

T: 212.384.1000
newyork.fbi.gov

Buffalo
One FBI Plaza
Buffalo, NY 14202

T: 716.856.7800
buffalo.fbi.gov


U.S. Attorneys' Offices

DOJ

 

Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn)
www.justice.gov/usao-edny/contact-us

Northern District of New York (Albany)
www.justice.gov/usao-ndny/contact-us

Southern District of New York (New York City)
www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/contact-us

Western District of New York (Buffalo)
www.justice.gov/usao-wdny/contact-us


CRS Regional Office

CRS

 

Northeastern Regional Office
26 Federal Plaza
Suite 36-118
New York, NY 10278

T: 212.264.0700
askcrs@usdoj.gov
Updated July 18, 2024