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...


August Recess

Posted on July 25, 2019 in Advocacy

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Gamble v. United States: Dual Sovereignty and Hate Crime

Posted by Guest on June 21, 2019 in Blog

On Tuesday, June 17, 2019, the Supreme Court released its decision in Gamble v. United States, which involved a challenge to the “separate sovereigns” doctrine. According to Fifth Amendment’s double jeopardy clause, people who are accused of a crime cannot be tried twice for the same crime. However, the Supreme Court has historically granted one exception. Under what is known as the separate sovereigns doctrine, the court has allowed separate prosecutions for the same conduct in state and federal courts. The court upheld that 170-year precedent in its most recent decision.  

The double jeopardy clause states that no person shall be “subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy.” The...

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Knowing the Full Set of Symptoms: Hate Crime Data Collection and Reporting

Posted by Guest on June 06, 2019 in Blog

“A doctor cannot diagnose a patient without knowing the full set of symptoms,” testified Susan Bro, whose daughter, Heather Heyer, was killed at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Bro delivered her testimony before the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties during the first in a three-part series of hearings entitled “Confronting White Supremacy.” Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) invoked Bro’s discerning words in questioning the Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, Calvin Shivers, during the second part of the series held this Tuesday, June 4.

Maloney pushed Shivers to explain how the...

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AAI Participates in Congressional Briefing on Hate Crimes and Rise of White Nationalism

Posted by Kai Wiggins on April 26, 2019 in Blog

On Thursday, April 25, 2019, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry participated in a policy briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The briefing was organized as a follow-up, of sorts, to this month's House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism." As we noted in a statement submitted to the committee, two witnesses in particular derailed the initial hearing, casting aspersions, denigrating whole communities, and obfuscating the issues. Knowing that many members of Congress are committed to preventing hate crime, this briefing was convened to...

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AAI Testifies at Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Hate Crime

Posted by Tess Waggoner on March 29, 2019 in Blog

On Friday, March 29, 2019, the Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a public briefing seeking to examine hate crimes in the state. AAI Policy Analyst Kai Wiggins provided written and oral testimony to the Committee.

Following opening marks by Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer and President and Chairman of her eponymous memorial foundation, Wiggins participated in a panel that included Joe Platania, Charlottesville's Commonwealth Attorney, Mary B. McCord, former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security and Professor of Law Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection Georgetown School of Law, and...

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AAI Testifies at Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Posted on March 29, 2019 in Press Releases

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March 29, 2019

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AAI Testifies at Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, AAI Policy Analyst Kai Wiggins provided written and oral testimony to the Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in a public briefing seeking to examine hate crimes in the state. 

During his testimony, Wiggins provided a general overview of the national hate crime reporting and data collection system as it currently operates before turning to a specific case study of the historic and currently-operational legal...

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Improving Our Response to Hate Crime

Posted by Kai Wiggins on September 06, 2018 in Blog

On Thursday, September 6th, 2018, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, in coordination with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), hosted a congressional briefing titled "Improving Federal Hate Crimes Enforcement." The following are prepared remarks from AAI's Policy Associate, Kai Wiggins, who served as a panelist.

Improving Our Response to Hate Crime: The Need for Better Data

Since 2017, the Arab American Institute has conducted extensive research into the quality and accuracy of federal, state, and local hate crime statistics. This research is the subject of our July 2018 report, Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans....

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Remembering Khalid Jabara, Advocating Change

Posted by Kai Wiggins on August 10, 2018 in Blog

Sunday marks the second anniversary of the murder of Khalid Jabara, who was killed on the front porch of his Tulsa, Oklahoma, home on August 12, 2016. The killer, who lived next door to the Jabaras, was convicted of first-degree murder, a hate crime, and two misdemeanors. This tragic, preventable hate crime, featured as a case study in Underreported, Under Threat, was not reported in official FBI hate crime statistics.

In our case study, we draw extensively from a powerful interview that Arjun Singh Sethi, a civil rights lawyer and activist, conducts with members of Khalid’s family for his...

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New data show continued surge of hate crime, anti-Arab incidents, nationwide

Posted by Kai Wiggins on August 08, 2018 in Blog

The sixth anniversary of the shooting at a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which left six Sikh Americans dead and multiple wounded, was on Sunday, August 5. This week, on August 12, we will observe the second anniversary of the hate crime murder of Khalid Jabara in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the first anniversary of the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a man drove a car into a crowd of anti-racist counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer and wounding many others. The driver is facing federal hate crime charges.

One thing we can do to honor hate crime victims...

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