Today, on the one year anniversary of the Justice Department’s 2017 Hate Crimes Summit, the Department announced an update on hate crimes prosecutions under the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section. The Department is committed to enforcing federal hate crimes statutes, which allow the Department to prosecute certain crimes that are committed because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person. In recent years, the Department has ramped up its prosecutions of hate crimes and increased training of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers to ensure that hate crimes are identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.
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