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Report Data - USA - 2012

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2018 8496 27 20
2017 8437 Not available Not available
2016 7321 Not available Not available
2015 6885 Not available Not available
2014 6385 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

National developments

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program and Civil Rights Unit (CRU) collaborated to gather hate crime incident data investigated and reported by the CRU for 2018. As a result, FBI hate crime data is for the first time included in the 2018 hate crime publication, in addition to data from other federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.

In August, the Department of Justice (DoJ) Hate Crimes Initiative convened the first-ever federal seminar on Investigating and Prosecuting Hate Crimes and Domestic Terrorism, bringing together 70 Department civil rights and domestic terrorism prosecutors and agents to discuss how to better collaborate when investigating and prosecuting hate crimes that also constitute acts of domestic terrorism. In October, the Department's Hate Crimes Initiative convened a law enforcement roundtable on hate crimes. The event brought state, local and tribal law enforcement leaders from around the country together with DoJ officials. The participants agreed that in order to improve investigation and reporting of hate crimes, the federal government should support hate crimes training at all levels of law enforcement. The DoJ also launched a new hate crimes website – www.justice.gov/hatecrimes – designed to provide a centralized portal for the Department's hate crimes resources for law enforcement, media, researchers, victims, advocacy groups, and other related organizations and individuals.

The DoJ also announced a grant of more than USD 840,000 to the University of New Hampshire to conduct a national survey of hate crime incidents and victimization. The multi-phase study, funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in the Department's Office of Justice Programs, will run through 2021 and provide detailed data about hate crimes, analyse local policies that impact hate crime reporting and identify successful investigation and prosecution strategies.

NGO reports 
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The Anti-Defamation League reported 17 physical assaults including against a boy, a Holocaust survivor, an Orthodox Jew and a man returning from a synagogue; 440 incidents of vandalism and graffiti, including against homes, synagogues, Jewish schools, cemeteries and cars; an arson attack on a rabbi’s home; 469 cases of threats, including one bomb threat and a case where a pig’s head was placed above the door of a Jewish women’s college group (sorority).

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported three arson attacks, including two against a building owned by the local Islamic society and one against a Muslim family’s home; an incident where pigs’ legs were left at a planned site for a mosque; three incidents of property damage, including two against mosques, one of which also involved an assault, one involving paintballs being shot at the walls of the mosque and one involving a bottle of acid being thrown at a Muslim school; one incident where shots were fired at a local Muslim education centre; and two cases of desecration to the same cemetery.

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Transgender Europe (TGEU) reported the murder of a transgender woman and the shooting of two transgender women resulting in serious injury.

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IGO Reports 
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The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Observatory reported two cases of vandalism against and graffiti on mosques, both involving windows being smashed; one case of threats to the director of an Islamic centre; one arson attack against a mosque; and one case of desecration of graves.

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The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Observatory  reported one case of multiple murders of worshippers in a shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people – five men and one woman – and wounding several others.

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ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that the United States has not reported on the numbers of prosecuted cases or information on sentenced hate crime cases to ODIHR.

National Developments 
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Developments
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The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) revised its Hate Crime Data Collection Guide and Training Manual to reflect recent changes to the law. The manual serves as a basis for training and awareness raising with law enforcement, and was developed with the assistance of civil society, local law enforcement and NGOs.

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Official figures record 3298 racist offences and 822 offences with an ethnicity/national origin bias.

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Official figures record 696 anti-Jewish offences.

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Official figures record 149 anti-Islamic offences.

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Official figures record 321 offences motivated by a religious bias, consisting of 79 anti-Catholic, 34 anti-Protestant, 107 "anti-other religion", 89 anti-multiple religions/group, and 12 "anti-atheism/agnosticism/etc."

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Official figures record 1,318 offences motivated by bias against sexual orientation.

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Official figures record 102 offences motivated by bias against disability.