Hate crimes and hate groups continue to be a serious threat facing this country. The aftermath of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 has caused Sikhs, Muslims, South Asian Americans, Arab Americans, and other communities in the Midwest and around the country to suffer an unfair burden of vulnerability.
As a result, on December 15th, 2012, SAAPRI submitted recommendations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Advisory Policy Board to strengthen the collection and reporting of statistics on hate crimes.
- Read SAAPRI’s recommendations here
On June 5th, 2013, the FBI Advisory Policy Board voted to begin tracking hate crimes against Hindus, Sikhs, and Arabs, in addition to the existing categories of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Atheists. We thank the FBI for considering SAAPRI’s recommendations, and we congratulate the many diverse coalition partners who advocated for this measure, which will help awareness and prevention of future hate crimes.