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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 19, 2021

Statement of Acting U.S. Attorney Gonzalez on Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Bias Acts

Gonzalez Urges Idahoans to Report Hate-Based Crimes to Law Enforcement

BOISE – Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. and Special Agent in Charge Dennis W. Rice of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Salt Lake City Field Office today highlighted the federal role in countering hate crimes and bias acts—especially those targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

“No one in Idaho should live in fear of violence because of who they are, what they look like, or what part of the world they or their families came from,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Gonzalez. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI are committed to bringing all of our tools to bear in supporting our Asian American and Pacific Islander community groups here in Idaho, as we have witnessed a rise in hate and bias incidents occurring across the country. These crimes, and other acts of hate and bias, have no place in our community. I urge all Idahoans to report hate-based crimes to either local or federal law enforcement.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI review information about potential hate crimes from members in the community and also provide assistance to local, state, and tribal law enforcement with investigations of hate crimes. Office personnel have been reaching out to community groups to explain the federal role and encourage reports to local and/or federal law enforcement.

“Hate crimes are not only an attack on an individual, but an entire community,” said Special Agent in Charge Dennis Rice of the Salt Lake City FBI. “As hate crimes are the highest priority of the FBI’s civil rights program, I want to assure the public that we will work diligently with our law enforcement partners to thoroughly investigate any allegations of such crimes."

The most recent statistics on hate crimes are available here 2019 Hate Crime Statistics from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

Additional resources regarding hate crimes and bias incidents can be found by visiting these links: civilrights.justice.gov/#your-rights and fbi.gov/investigate/civil-rights/hate-crimes#FBI-Resources.

For information about contacting the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Idaho visit: www.justice.gov/usao-id/. The FBI’s Salt Lake City Field office can be reached at (801) 579-1400. To submit an online tip, visit www.tips.fbi.gov/.

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Topic(s): 
Civil Rights
Hate Crimes
Community Outreach
Contact: 
CASSIE FULGHUM Public Information Officer (208) 334-1211
Updated March 19, 2021