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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 Virginia in 2022.

Image of the 2022 Virginia Hate Crimes Fact Sheet

Fast Facts on Virginia Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 123 76 125
Religion 22 11 18
Sexual Orientation 23 23 41
Disability 1 0 2
Gender 0 0 1
Gender Identity 1 1 6
Total: 170 111 193

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 134 63.5%
Crimes Against Property 74 35.1%
Crimes Against Society 3 1.4%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 125 64.8%
Religion 18 9.3%
Sexual Orientation 41 21.2%
Disability 2 1.0%
Gender 1 0.5%
Gender Identity 6 3.1%

 


*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 jury found a Virginia man guilty for a hate crime in in his attack on two Hispanic construction workers.

Evidence showed that on July 13, 2019, at about 6 p.m., the victims were closing their construction site for the day. The defendant approached the men and asked to use their power washer.

When the workers did not allow the defendant to borrow the power washer, he became enraged and began screaming racist epithets. He picked up a construction tool with a sharp metal blade, and tried to stab one of the men. A second victim tried to intervene, but he was struck in the face several times causing serious injuries.

For more information, visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/hatebias-related-crimes

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/district-man-sentenced-prison-bias-related-attack-construction-workers

A Virginia man who burned a cross on the front yard of a Black family’s home in June, 2020, following a civil rights protest earlier that day, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. The defendant pled guilty in April, 2021, to criminal interference with federally protected housing rights because of the victim’s race.

On June 14, 2020, the Marion Police Department received a report of a burning cross in the front yard of a Black family, one of whom had organized a civil rights protest the day before.

Witnesses stated that the defendant admitted to the cross burning and used racial epithets when referring to the Black family.

Press release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdva/pr/marion-man-sentenced-burning-cross-front-yard-african-american-family-june-2020

Press Release (charged): https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdva/pr/local-man-arrested-lying-about-marion-cross-burning-interfering-fair-housing-based-race

A man in Virginia was charged with lying to federal agents about his involvement in the burning of a cross on the front lawn of an African-American woman’s home and criminal interference with fair housing based upon the victim’s race.

The charges include lying to federal agents and criminal interference with fair housing based upon the victim’s race. According to court documents, on June 14, 2020, at approximately 12:55 a.m., the Marion Police Department received a report of a burning cross in the front yard of an African-American family, one of whom had organized a civil rights protest the day before.

In the following days, working with the FBI, investigators learned of the involvement of the defendant. When questioned by investigators if he had anything to do with the cross-burning incident, he allegedly lied. Witnesses interviewed during the investigation stated that the defendant admitted to the cross burning and used racial epithets when referring to the African American family.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Press Release (charged): https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdva/pr/local-man-arrested-lying-about-marion-cross-burning-interfering-fair-housing-based-race

A Florida man pled guilty to threatening an African-American Charlottesville City Council candidate because of his race and because he was running for office, and to threatening, harassing, and stalking another victim using social media.

The defendant admitted using fake names on social media to promote white supremacy and to express support for racially-motivated violence. The defendant also admitted to using social media to threaten violence against an African-American resident of Charlottesville, Virginia, because of his race and because he was running for City Council.

The defendant will be sentenced on July 23, 2020, and faces up to one year in prison for making online threats and up to five years in prison for using the internet to threaten, stalk, and harass.

Guilty Plea: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-man-pleads-guilty-racially-motivated-interference-election-charlottesville-virginia

Indictment: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-man-arrested-making-racially-motivated-threats-interference-election-charlottesville

James Alex Fields, Jr., who participated in a white nationalist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to hate crimes charges that resulted in the death of a victim, caused bodily injury, and involved an attempt to kill other people after he drove into a group of counter-protestors.

According to facts signed by Fields, he attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where multiple groups and individuals chanted and expressed white supremacist and anti-Semitic views. After law enforcement told rally participants to leave, he admitted that he drove into downtown Charlottesville where a racially and ethnically diverse crowd had gathered. Fields proceeded to drive into a crowd of counter-protestors because of their actual and perceived race, color, national origin, and religion. He also admitted that prior to the rally he used social media to express and promote white supremacist views; the social and racial policies of Nazi-era Germany; and violence against groups that he perceived to be non-white.

Indictment:https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/ohio-man-charged-federal-hate-crimes-related-august-2017-rally-charlottesville

Guilty Plea: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/ohio-man-pleads-guilty-29-federal-hate-crimes-august-2017-car-attack-rally-charlottesville

Sentencing: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/ohio-man-sentenced-life-prison-federal-hate-crimes-related-august-2017-car-attack-rally

William Syring, of Arlington, Virginia, was convicted for threatening employees of the Arab American Institute (AAI) because of their race, national origin, and efforts to encourage Arab Americans to participate in political and civic life in the United States.

The defendant sent over 700 emails to AAI employees between 2012 and 2017, including five death threats in 2017. Syring previously pleaded guilty in 2008 to sending threatening emails to AAI employees. The emails sent between 2012 and 2017 used nearly identical language that he admitted were threats in 2008. AAI employees lived in fear that Syring would follow through with his threats.

Syring was convicted on all 14 counts in the indictment. Sentencing is set for August 9, 2019, and he faces a maximum penalty of 42 years of imprisonment.

Indictment: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/virginia-man-indicted-hate-crime-and-threatening-employees-arab-american-institute

Conviction: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/virginia-man-convicted-threatening-employees-arab-american-institute

News

April 18, 2023

U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of Virginia Hosts Second Community Hate Crimes Prevention Presentation


August 12, 2022

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Reflects on Five-Year Anniversary of August 12 Terrorist Attack in Charlottesville


April 29, 2022

Virginia Man Found Guilty of Charges in Bias-Related Attack on Construction Workers


August 20, 2021

Virginia Man Sentenced for Burning Cross on Front Yard of African American Family in June 2020


July 1, 2021

Acting U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia Announces Enhanced Commitment to Civil Rights Enforcement


May 7, 2021

U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of Virginia Commemorates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


May 4, 2021

Former Atomwaffen Division Leader Sentenced for Swatting Conspiracy


March 15, 2021

Former Old Dominion University Student Sentenced for Swatting Conspiracy


August 5, 2020

Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Burn Down African American Church


July 14, 2020

Former Atomwaffen Division Leader Pleads Guilty to Swatting Conspiracy


June 12, 2020

Man Arrested for Threatening to Burn Down African American Church


April 30, 2020

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Racially-Motivated Interference with Election in Charlottesville, Virginia and Cyberstalking in Florida


August 15, 2019

Virginia Man Sentenced To 60 Months in Prison for Committing Hate Crime by Threatening Employees of the Arab American Institute


June 28, 2019

Ohio Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Federal Hate Crimes Related to August 2017 Car Attack at Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia


DOJ Offices

FBI Field Offices

FBI

 

Norfolk
509 Resource Row
Chesapeake, VA 23320

T: 757.455.0100
norfolk.fbi.gov

Richmond
1970 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228

T: 804.261.1044
richmond.fbi.gov

Washington
601 4th Street NW
Washington, DC 20535

T: 202.278.2000
washingtondc.fbi.gov


U.S. Attorneys' Offices

DOJ

 

Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk)
www.justice.gov/usao-edva/contact-us

Western District of Virginia (Roanoke)
www.justice.gov/usao-wdva/contact-us


CRS Regional Office

CRS

 

Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
200 2nd & Chestnut Street
Suite 208
Philadelphia, PA 19106

T: 215.597.2344
F: 215.597.9148
askcrs@usdoj.gov

Updated January 16, 2024