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Hate Crimes


Hatred fueled by prejudice and bias has motivated criminal acts throughout history and hate crimes continue to challenge the safety and well-being of people in the United States.

A hate crime is defined as a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society that is motivated, in whole, or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.

The U.S. Department of Justice is dedicated to combating hate crimes and providing services to victims of hate crimes. 

The following resources provide information on hate and bias crimes.

Date Created: May 28, 2020