Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Blog

There is a problem with the way federal law enforcement tracks hate crimes aimed at the Arab American community: they don’t.  

In the past ten years, there have been more than 800 incidents involving “violence, threats, vandalism, and arson against persons perceived to be Muslim or to be of Arab, Middle Eastern, or South Asian origin.” Federal charges have been brought in only a handful of cases, with only 45 convictions as of March 29, 2011.

Two senators are working to change that, and they’re asking their Senate colleagues to help them. You should too.

Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) are circulating a letter to their colleagues in the Senate addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller, asking them to revise the FBI Hate Crime Incident Report Form (1-699) to allow for the collection and tracking of hate crimes committed against Arab Americans, Sikh Americans, and Hindu Americans. This is the first time Arab Americans have been included in such a letter.

TAKE ACTION NOW and ask your Senators to sign on to the Durbin and Feinstein letter. The deadline is tomorrow, Wednesday 13, so please take a few seconds and send them a message right away.

We will not know the magnitude of bias-motivated crimes against our community if the data is not tracked and documented by the FBI. Contacting your Senators today to support this important effort can help protect our community.