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Urge Congress to Adopt Bill Combating Rise in Hate Crimes

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/29/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged all Americans to contact their legislators and tell them to cosponsor important legislation promoting more accurate hate crime reporting and data collection and increasing access to resources and support for hate crime victims.

The Khalid Jabara-Heather Heyer NO HATE Act (S.2043) was introduced by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and its House corollary (H.R. 3545) was introduced by Don Beyer (D-VA) and Pete Olson (R-TX). The act is named after two victims of hate violence, whose murders were prosecuted as hate crimes but went unreported in official hate crime statistics.

The bill would:

  • Improve and modernize hate crimes reporting
  • Encourage law enforcement prevention, training, and education on hate crimes
  • Help hate crime victims receive assistance and support
  • Allow judges to require community service or education for perpetrators of hate crimes

“In 2017, hate crimes in the United States rose for the third year in a row,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “In order to accurately combat this recent spike in hatred and bigotry, our communities need accurate data on how they are being targeted and access to resources to heal from them. This act is a vital step forward in combatting some of the worst crimes committed in our country.”

McCaw also thanked the Arab American Institute for their leadership on this important bill.

The Washington-based civil rights organization has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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