Hate Crimes and the Threat of Domestic Extremism, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred and Twelfth Congress, Second Session, September 19, 2012 [open pdf - 8MB]
This is the hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights entitled, "Hate Crimes and the Threat of Domestic Extremism." From the opening statement of Chairman Leahy: "Today's hearing is a continuation of the Committee's work to ensure that all Americans feel safe in their communities and that perpetrators of hate crimes are brought to justice. A few years ago, I offered the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act as an amendment to strengthen the civil rights of all Americans. I was heartened that the current President signed it into law. Eric Holder had fought for passage of the law for years. As Attorney General he supported its enactment and has successfully implemented the law by leading the Justice Department's effort to train local law enforcement and prosecute violent criminals under its expanded provisions. Last year the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division secured hate crimes convictions against 41 defendants. All of us deserve to feel safe regardless of who we are, who we love, or what religion we choose to practice. This new law was heralded for expanding hate crimes protections for those who are targeted based on their disability, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. The Shepard-Byrd Act responded to law enforcement concerns about the difficulty of bringing criminal prosecutions against those who target their victims based on religion, ethnicity, gender identity or race. For example, during a recent four-year period, FBI reports showed that hate crimes against Latinos had risen 40 percent. And in many circumstances, the previous Federal hate crimes statute could not be used to protect them." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin, Scott McAllister, Roy L. Austin Jr., Michael A. Clancy, Harpreet Singh Saini, Daryl Johnson, and James B. Jacobs.
S. Hrg. 112-947; Senate Hearing 112-947; Serial No. J-112-94
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