He Threatened Us, Now He Goes to Jail

Posted on August 17, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

Back in May, a jury found Patrick Syring, a former State Department official, guilty of 14 counts of making threats against my life and my staff at the Arab American Institute. This week, a federal judge sentenced Syring to five years in prison to be followed by three years of court-ordered probation. This was Syring's second conviction. He had been found guilty of the same crimes against me and my staff in 2008 and served over a year in prison. After his release and a period of probation, he began once again to stalk, harass,...

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"Hate Can't Wait"

Posted by Tess Waggoner on August 12, 2019 in Blog

On Tragic Anniversary, AAI Joins Families and Civil Rights Organizations to Call for Action on Hate Crime 

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)-  On the anniversary of the 2016 murder of Khalid Jabara in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the 2017 murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement: 

“August 12 is a day indelibly seared in our memories. In 2016, Khalid Jabara was murdered on his front porch by a neighbor with a long history of hate speech, intimidation and violence directed towards the Jabara family. One year later, the world was aghast as the grounds of the University of Virginia and the streets of Charlottesville were gripped by hate, and Heather Heyer was murdered while peacefully taking a stand against it.  

Today, August 12, 2019, AAI is humbled to work with the families of Khalid and Heather in support of improved hate crime data collection and a more effective response to hate crime in our communities. 

We need members of Congress to understand that hate can’t wait. Alongside these brave families and a broad coalition of civil rights organizations, we urge Congress to pass the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act.” 

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Underreported, Under Threat

Posted on August 11, 2019 in Publications

In a period of increased xenophobia, racism, and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment, we cannot afford to overlook the importance of improving our response to hate crime. 

Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans consists of three parts. Part One provides important context to the nature of targeted violence against Arab Americans. Part Two features a compelling selection of case studies that demonstrate the nature of anti-Arab hate crime, the harms inflicted on individuals and communities, and the limitations of existing laws, policies, and their irregular enforcement to address those harms. Part Three retraces...


On Tragic Anniversary, AAI Joins Families and Civil Rights Organizations to Call for Action on Hate Crime

Posted by Tess Waggoner on August 11, 2019 in Blog
Tomorrow is the anniversary of the deaths of two victims of hate crime.   Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer were killed on the same day, August 12, one year apart: Khalid, in 2016, standing on his front doorstep in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Heather, in 2017, marching peacefully in Charlottesville, Virginia. While the devastating murders of Khalid and Heather were prosecuted as hate crimes in state and federal court, respectively, neither was reported in official hate crime statistics.  
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On Tragic Anniversary, AAI Joins Families and Civil Rights Organizations to Call for Action on Hate Crime

Posted on August 11, 2019 in Press Releases

MEDIA ADVISORY 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner, twaggoner@aaiusa.org 

(202) 429-9210 

August 11, 2019 

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the deaths of two victims of hate crime.  

Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer were killed on the same day, August 12, one year apart: Khalid, in 2016, standing on his front doorstep in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Heather, in 2017, marching peacefully in Charlottesville, Virginia. While the devastating murders of Khalid and Heather were prosecuted as hate crimes in state and federal court, respectively, neither was reported in official hate crime statistics.  

These omissions underscore the systemic issues with underreporting in our official hate...

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Unprecedented Increase Expected in Upcoming FBI Hate Crime Report

Posted by Kai Wiggins on October 31, 2018 in Blog

  Introduction: A Nationwide Increase Expected

On Tuesday, November 13, the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program will release national hate crime statistics for 2017. But thanks to research from AAI on state UCR hate crime statistics already available, we have a sense of what the federal data will show.

As in 2016 and 2015 before, we expect yet another increase of reported hate crime incidents in 2017, representing the first three-year consecutive annual increase since 2001.

So far, AAI has collected 2017 hate crime data from 27 states and the...

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Countdown Vol 18 No 6: Stand Up and Be Counted

Posted on July 20, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 318 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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Research Reveals FBI Reports Failed to Record Nearly 2,000 Hate Crimes

Posted on July 19, 2018 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 19, 2018

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

obaddar@aaiusa.org 

(202) 429-9210

Research Reveals FBI Reports Failed to Record Nearly 2,000 Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Arab American Institute released a comprehensive hate crime report titled: Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans.

This report is the first to examine targeted violence against Arab Americans in nearly a decade, and the first ever to utilize hate crime data reported through official government channels.

Our research found that state level hate crime data show that nearly twice as many anti-Arab hate...

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Washington Watch: Reporting Hate Crimes: The Arab American Experience

Posted on July 07, 2018 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby 

This week, the Arab American Institute Foundation will release a comprehensive study on anti-Arab hate crimes in the US. The result of eight months of work, "Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans," fills a gap in available research on hate-based crime. More than just a compilation of acts of violence or threats against persons of Arab descent, the AAIF study also reviews the history of how law enforcement agencies have dealt with (or rather has not dealt with) anti-Arab hate crimes. The report then rates the performance...

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Rating the Response: Hate Crime Legislation, Reporting, and Data Collection in the United States

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 15, 2017 in Blog

Rating the Response: Hate Crime Legislation, Reporting, and Data Collection in the United States provides a clearinghouse for hate crime-related information pertaining to every state and the District of Columbia. You can use this resource to learn about the relevant legislative and regulatory commitments to address hate crime within your state. To get a better sense of where your state stands, we have developed a rating system to rank and compare states, while identifying weaknesses in their overall response to hate crime.

We have also provided information that...

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