Posted by Kai Wiggins on November 16, 2018 in Blog

On November 13, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual report for 2017 based on data collected under the Hate Crime Statistics Act

Here at the Arab American Institute, we have identified improving the data collected in the FBI's annual report as a top-line priority for 2019. For more information about our work on this topic, please consult the following resources:


AAI Research and Analysis

1 Maya Berry and Kai Wiggins, “FBI Stats on hate crime are Scary. So is what’s missing,” CNN (Nov. 14, 2018),

Arab American Institute, Press Release, Hate Crimes Continue to Surge in U.S. (Nov. 13, 2018),

3 Arab American Institute, Blog, Hate Crime Should Not Be A Partisan Issue (Nov. 9, 2018),

Arab American Institute, Blog, Unprecedented Increase Expected in FBI Hate Crime Report (Oct. 31),

5 Maya Berry, “Charlottesville won’t show up in federal hate crime stats,” Washington Post (Sept. 21, 2018),

Arab American Institute, Blog, Improving Our Response to Hate Crime (Sept. 6, 2018),

Arab American Institute, Blog, Remembering Khalid Jabara, Advocating Change (Aug. 10, 2018),

8 Arab American Institute, Blog, New Data Show Continued Surge of Hate Crime, Anti-Arab Incidents, Nationwide (Aug. 8, 2018),

Arab American Institute, "Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans" (Jul. 18, 2018),


National Media Coverage

Emanuella Grinberg, "Hate crime reports illustrate disturbing trends, civil rights group says," CNN (Dec. 12, 2018),

Chris Fuchs, "Hate crimes spiked in 2017. Community advocates think there's even more," NBC News (Nov. 21, 2018),

Jane Greenway Car, "In America, a week of fighting fires -- and demons," CNN (Nov. 18, 2018),

4 Ericka Cruz Guevarra, "Hate Crime On The Rise In Oregon, But Possibly More Than Data Show," Oregon Public Broadcasting (Nov. 15, 2018),

5 James Hohmann, “The Daily 202: Hate crimes are a much bigger problem than even the new FBI statistics show,” Washington Post (Nov. 14, 2018),

6 Kevin Johnson, “Hate crimes in USA surge in 2017 with big jump in anti-Semitic attacks, FBI says,” USA Today (Nov. 13, 2018),

7 David K. Li, “Hate crimes in America spiked 17 percent last year, FBI says,” NBC News (Nov. 13, 2018),

8 Hannah Allam and Talal Ansari, “Here’s Why The FBI Report Didn’t Consider The Charlottesville Violence A Hate Crime,” Buzzfeed News (Nov. 14, 2018),

Masood Farivar, “FBI Reports Largest Spike in Hate Crimes Since 9/11,” Voice of America News (Nov. 13, 2018),

10 Andy Campbell, “Reported U.S. Hate Crimes Up 17 Percent in 2017: FBI Report,” Huffington Post (Nov. 13, 2018),

11 Sommer Brokaw, “FBI: Surge in hate crimes in 2017 the largest since 9/11,” UPI News (Nov. 13, 2018),

12 Casey Michel, "As hate crimes rise, a bill to combat the problem languishes in Congress," Think Progress (Nov. 14, 2018),


Support from Partner Organizations

Southern Poverty Law Center, "Weekend Read: The FBI is massively undercounting hate crimes" (Nov. 16, 2018),

Brett Barrouquere, “FBI: Hate crime numbers soar to 7,106 in 2017; third worst year since start of data collection,” Southern Poverty Law Center (Nov. 13, 2018),

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Press Release, New FBI Hate Crimes Statistics Show Disturbing Surge in Hate Crimes (Nov. 13, 2018),



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