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Hate Crimes

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Hate crimes add an element of bias to traditional crimes—and the mixture is toxic to our communities.

Crimes of hatred and prejudice—from lynchings to cross burnings to vandalism of synagogues—are a sad fact of American history, but the term “hate crime” did not enter the nation’s vocabulary until the 1980s, when emerging hate groups like the Skinheads launched a wave of bias-related crime. The FBI began investigating what we now call hate crimes as far back as World War I, when the Ku Klux Klan first attracted our attention. Today, we remain dedicated to working with state and local partners to prevent these crimes and to bring to justice those who commit them.

In Depth

About Our Program
- Overview
- Interview on Combating Hate Crime

Cases/Initiatives, Past & Present
- Civil Rights Cold Case Initiative
- FBI Versus the Klan Series
- Henry Dee & Charles Moore Murders
- Operation Lone Wolf
- More

Stories and Features
- Stopping the MLK Parade Bomber
- New Stats and a New Law
- A Victim Speaks Out
- The Traveling Trunk
- Cross Burnings in the 21st Century
- L.A. Hate Crimes Task Force

Report Hate Crime/Discrimination
- Contact Your Local FBI Office
- Submit Information Electronically
- File a Report with Other Federal Agencies
- Contact State/Local Agencies

Related FBI Websites
- Domestic Terrorism
- Violent Gangs
- Office for Victim Assistance

Resources
- Shepard/Byrd Act Brochure
- Justice Department Civil Rights Division
- Justice Department Community Relations Service
- Federal Civil Rights Statutes

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Hate Crime Statistics
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Crime Report Statistics Graphic The FBI has gathered and published hate crime statistics every year since 1992. Our latest reports:

- 2012
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- 2009
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A Victim Speaks Out
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Nina Timani, Muslim Arab American and Hate Crime Victim Nina Timani, a Muslim Arab American, was the victim of a hurtful hate crime. She decided to report it to the FBI, and she’s glad she did. Play Video