HRC Releases New State Toolkit for Hate Crimes Prevention Laws
August 8, 2011
HRC is releasing a new toolkit for states to support their efforts around hate crimes prevention. The guide provides state-specific data on current hate crime laws, highlights where laws could be stronger and offers feedback about improvements that could be made.
The new toolkit is timely. Despite the important steps forward we’ve made in the past year alone on the path to full equality – from the implementation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” repeal to marriage equality in New York – hate incidents against LGBT and HIV-positive Americans increased 13 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to a new study from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.
Hate crimes based on sexual orientation make up the third-highest category of all hate crimes reported annually to the FBI, after race and religion. Work remains to be done to ensure states have the tools they need to deter and combat these crimes. Currently, 19 states still lack laws addressing hate crimes based on sexual orientation, and 38 states don’t have any laws addressing hate crimes based on gender identity or expression.
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