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Signing of Hate Crimes Act Strengthens Fight Against Hate

Covid-19 hate crimes act is critical to enhance hate crime support and resources across the nation during Covid-19.
WASHINGTON -

President Joe Biden signed into law Thursday the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which incorporates the Jabara-Heyer National Opposition to Hate Assault and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act, a national policy that will greatly improve hate crime reporting and provide essential resources for victims and survivors of hate crimes nationwide. The following is a statement from Arusha Gordon, associate director of the James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

 “In light of the continued, senseless attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders amid harrowing pandemic, this legislation is sorely needed. The NO HATE Act will help improve data on hate crimes, support the creation of hate crime hotlines, improve the response of law enforcement to hate crimes, and, in some cases, require perpetrators of hate crimes to participate in educational programs or community service as a condition of supervised release. And the bipartisan support the Act has received sends a strong signal to survivors of hate crimes and perpetrators alike that these actions will not be tolerated.

“We commend Congress for passing the bill in a bipartisan fashion and President Biden for signing this legislation into law. We also thank the families of Heather Heyer, Khalid Jabara and others for their tireless work in the wake of hate that took the lives of their loved ones.

“The act is an important step to understanding the scope of hate crimes in our country and fighting bigoted violence, but we know our work is not done. Through our James Byrd, Jr. Center to Stop Hate, the Lawyers’ Committee will remain vigilant in the face of hate and will continue to stand in solidarity with directly-impacted families and communities.”

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The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today.

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