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Report Data - USA - 2013

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 
Organization Report 

The Ephesus Initiative reported one case of racist graffiti.

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Reports
Organization Report 

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported 31 physical assaults, including four carried out by groups; 315 cases of vandalism and damage to property, including a case where a man found the word “Jew” scratched on his car in large letters; numerous incidents of graffiti and the desecration of graves in Jewish cemeteries, including an incident where approximately 30 gravestones were knocked over.

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The Ephesus Initiative reported the murder and dismemberment of two Coptic Christians, one plot to bomb 48 churches in Oklahoma, one attempted arson attack and 16 incidents of the desecration of places of worship.

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ODIHR Recommendations 

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

National Developments 
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Developments
Organization Report 

Following a gun attack against a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin in 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and the Community Relations Service (CRS) brought together representatives from 22 religious and interfaith organizations to discuss data collection relating to religion-based attacks on individuals and places of worship. Following this meeting, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) data collection system was amended to include anti-Sikh, anti-Hindu and anti-Arab categories both in the coding sheets filled out by police following an attack and in the hate crime reports that the FBI produces each year. Reporting under the new categories will begin in January 2015. As part of this initiative, the Civil Rights Division will be conducting a series of five regional trainings on hate crime prosecutions and data collection in 2015.

Bias Motivation 
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Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures record 3407 racist offences and 794 offences with an ethnicity/national origin bias.

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Organization Report 

This category includes hate crimes committed on the grounds of race and ethnicity.

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Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures record 689 anti-Semitic offences.

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Organization Report 

Anti-Semitic hate crime was originally reported under the category of anti-religious hate crimes.

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Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures record 165 anti-Muslim offences.

Bias Motivation 
Organization Report 

Anti-Muslim hate crime was originally reported under the category of anti-religious hate crimes.

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Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures record 308 anti-religious offences.

Organization Report 

Anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hate crimes were originally also reported under this category and are presented separately.

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Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures record 1402 homophobic and 33 transphobic hate crimes.

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Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures record 92 disability hate crimes.

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Official figures record 30 gender-based hate crimes.