According to the FBI’s newly released report, hate crimes in 2016 increased by 5% from 2015; crimes directed against Jews increased 3%; and crimes directed against Muslims increased by a shocking 19%. Even with this increase, 88% of law enforcement agencies reported 0 hate crimes in 2016 and thousands of agencies did not report at all — including the police departments of major cities like Jacksonville and Miami.
Accurate data is crucial for tracking hate crimes and ensuring that impacted communities receive funding to fight them. The No Hate Act (S 662/HR 1566), introduced this year by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA), requires state and local governments to report hate crimes to the Department of Justice. It also expands resources and assistance available to the victims of hate crimes.