Cold Case Initiative

Cold Case Initiative

A close-up of a fingerprint sheet – Find out more about the FBI’s initiative to investigate unsolved hate crimes cases from before 1980.

Cold Case Initiative

In 2006, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began its "Cold Case Initiative" — a comprehensive effort to identify and investigate racially-motivated murders committed decades ago. Two years later, in 2008, the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act (Emmett Till Act) was signed into law, and it was reauthorized in 2016. The Civil Rights Division (CRT) and the FBI are working together to address "violations of criminal civil rights statutes . . . result[ing] in death" that "occurred not later than December 31, 1979." Find out more about the Cold Case Initiative here.

Request training on Cold Cases

Emmett Till Act Training Request Form

Representatives from the Department’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI are able to conduct outreach to community groups on the Emmett Till Act. These Emmett Till Act presentations include information on the background and history of hate crime prosecutions, the impetus for the Emmett Till Reauthorization Act, and the types of cases investigated under the Act. 

If you would like to request an Emmett Till Act training, complete and submit the form below. Someone will contact you about this request as soon as possible. We will try to honor all training requests, however, limitations on resources may prohibit us from fulfilling every request, especially to very small groups. Where possible, communities are encouraged to submit joint requests with other interested community members.


The authority by which information is collected on this website form is 5 U.S.C. 301 and 44 U.S.C. 3101. Your disclosure of information to the Department of Justice on this form is voluntary. If you do not complete all or some information fields in this form, however, the Department of Justice may not be able to effectively respond.

The principal purpose for collecting this information on this website form is to collect and respond to requests for training related to hate crimes and cold cases. In addition to disclosing this information to the appropriate officials and employees within the Department for the purposes of tracking and responding to inquiries, and planning for trainings, the routine uses which may be made of the information collected on this website form include, but are not limited to: any civil or criminal law enforcement authority or other appropriate agency where a record, either on its face or in conjunction with other information, indicates a violation or potential violation of law; to contractors, grantees, experts, consultants, students, and others performing or working on a contract, service, grant, cooperative agreement, or other assignment for the Federal government, when necessary to accomplish an agency function related to the corresponding system of records; and to such recipients and under such circumstances and procedures as are mandated by federal statute or treaty.

The full list of routine uses for this correspondence can be found in the System of Records Notice titled, JUSTICE/CRT – 001, “Central Civil Rights Division Index File and Associated Records, 68 Fed. Reg. 47610, 611 (8-11-2003); 70 Fed. Reg. 43904 (7-29-2005); 72 Fed. Reg. 3410 (1-25-2007) (rescinded by 82 FR 24147); 82 Fed. Reg. 24147 (5-25-2017).

Updated October 24, 2018
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