Hate crimes and hate groups continue to be a serious threat facing this country. The aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 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, SAAPRI submitted recommendations on December 15, 2012 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 5, 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. Click here for more information.
For more information about SAAPRI’s efforts to pass anti-hate laws, click here.