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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Underreported, Under Threat

Posted on July 19, 2018 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...

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

Posted on July 19, 2018 in Press Releases


July 19, 2018

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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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Despite mass-underreporting, hate crimes surge again in 2016

Posted by Kai Wiggins on November 13, 2017 in Blog

The number of hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased some 4.6 percent in 2016, this after a 6.8 percent surge in reported incidents the previous year, according to data released on Monday by the FBI in its annual report. Most of that increase occurred between October and December of last year, coinciding with the 2016 presidential election. This fact alone seems to confirm what many civil rights and advocacy groups have signaled in light of their own independent reporting: that perpetrators of hate crime felt emboldened to commit acts of bias and prejudice in the wake of...

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AAI joins 80+ organizations in letter to DOJ on hate crimes

Posted by Kai Wiggins on September 22, 2017 in Blog

To read the letter AAI signed onto with over 80 other organizations to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, click here.

We live in a nation bent on progress at the outset, and yet so often we fall short of our founding principles. For reasons abound, we have made promises we have not kept. 

On Thursday, June 29, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department made a promise. Speaking before dozens of civil rights, religious, education and professional organizations at the Department’s Hate Crimes Summit, Sessions vowed to take action: 

“I pledge to you: As long as I...

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AAI at the Michigan Response to Hate Conference

Posted by Heba Mohammad on September 07, 2017 in Blog

If you are the victim of a hate crime, you are more likely to remain silent than to report it to law enforcement authorities. That is a highlight of the most recent Department of Justice Hate Crime Victimization Report, and the context in which the Michigan Response to Hate Conference occurred last week. Marking its tenth year, the conference, orchestrated by the Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes (MIAAHC), has drawn invested community partners annually to share strategies for preventing hate crimes, supporting victims, and encouraging reporting of hate crimes. On September 6th, I joined representatives of community organizations, law...

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