As Attorney General Barr said recently, “We have zero tolerance for violence motivated by hatred.” When victims are attacked because of their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, there are laws that empower us to respond. But we in law enforcement can’t respond if we are not aware of the what occurred. So we are working to ensure that every person who is subjected to a hate incident understands why and how to report it. In law enforcement, there are other important steps we can take, in addition to prosecutions. At DOJ, we are working to make sure law enforcement agencies collect accurate data so that we understand the scope of hate crimes. Last year, the FBI trained nearly 900 law enforcement agencies about hate crime data collection. Within the next three years, the FBI plans to consolidate all crime reporting in a single interface that includes hate crimes. But at DOJ our primary goal is to keep our community safe by ensuring that those who commit hate crimes are placed behind bars. Over the past 10 years, the Department of Justice has charged more than 200 defendants nationwide with hate crimes offenses. Most recently, our office filed hate crime charges against the alleged perpetrator of the mosque and synagogue attacks in our community. Our office is committed to educating, prosecuting and educating the public about hate crimes. Due to the lack of awareness, confusion about reporting avenues and fear, many hate crimes go unreported. Toward that end, the office chairs the San Diego Regional Hate Crime Coalition, which coordinates outreach, education and dialogue regarding bullying, hate incidents and hate crimes in the San Diego Region.
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