#JabaraHeyerNOHATEAct

Posted by Tess Waggoner on February 05, 2020 in Blog


 

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TELL CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THE KHALID JABARA AND HEATHER HEYER NO HATE ACT!

 

The Arab American Institute (AAI) welcomes the introduction of the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality Act of 2019 (the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act), which would promote more accurate hate crime data collection and assist hate crime victims and their communities. The bill represents the efforts of a broad coalition determined to improve the federal, state, and local response to hate crime, and is named after Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer, two victims whose murders were prosecuted as hate crimes but not reported in official hate crime statistics.

 


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The Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act was introduced by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), and its House companion was introduced by Representatives Donald Beyer (D-VA) and Pete Olson (R-TX).

In a statement regarding the Senate introduction of the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act and its House companion, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry said the following:

“Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer were killed on the same day, August 12, but one year apart: Khalid, in 2016, on his doorstep in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Heather, in 2017, on a crowded street in Charlottesville, Virginia. While their murders were prosecuted as hate crimes, neither was reported in official hate crime statistics.

These omissions demonstrate the need for improved hate crime reporting and data collection. We appreciate the leadership of Senators Blumenthal and Durbin, and Congressmen Beyer and Olson, for introducing this important legislation."

The Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act will incentivize state and local authorities to adopt effective hate crime policies and data collection practices, which will help ensure that law enforcement are prepared to respond to hate crime and serve their communities. The Act will also require the Justice Department to study the relationship between these policies and practices and the participation of law enforcement agencies in the national hate crime reporting and data collection system. Furthermore, the Act will also create incentives for state and local governments to provide meaningful assistance to hate crime victims.

Click here to access a downloadable one page brief on the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act.


Endorsements

Like the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was signed into law 10 years ago this October, the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act centers the names of two hate crime victims whose stories demonstrate the need for a legislative response. Regarding the introduction and the name of the bill, the family members of Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer made the following statements.

Statement of Rami Jabara, Khalid’s brother:

“After Khalid was killed, our family released a statement expressing that his death was not just another murder to be added to crime statistics, that the circumstances surrounding his death laid bare the need for a better response from law enforcement and the justice system. In retrospect, we shouldn’t have assumed his death would be there reflected in the data, despite how straightforward that may have seemed. Congress must pass the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act. No family should be subjected to what we endured and victims’ voices should be heard.

Statement of Susan Bro, Heather’s mother:

“Everyone knows my daughter’s name. Heather is everywhere—in the news, in our minds, in our hearts—but she’s not in the data, nor are the 35 people who were injured while marching alongside her in Charlottesville. If such a despicable act of hatred is not reflected in hate crime statistics, think of everything else that might be missing. The Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act is an important bill that will improve our response to hate crime, and I call on Congress to support this effort."

Statement of AAI Executive Director Maya Berry:

“We have worked with the families of both Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer to advance these efforts in Congress and promote a better understanding of hate crime in our communities. We are grateful for their support and inspired by their strength. Alongside these brave families and impacted communities across the country, we call on Congress to pass the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act.”


Resources

AAI Fact Sheet

The Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act

July 2019

 

AAIF Report

Underreported, Under Threat:

Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans 

July 2018 

 

AAI Issue Brief

Improving the Federal, State, and Local Response to Hate Crime: Counteracting Threats to Our Communities 

April 2019

 

Written Statement, submitted to the House Judiciary Committee

Written Statement of the Arab American Institute on hearing,“Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism” 

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