End the Violence and Hate Crimes Against LGBTIQ Community
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In 1998 two of the most horrific murders were committed and introduced one of the most important changes of federal hate crimes statues. In 2009, Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. The act updated and expanded the 1969 federal hate crime laws to include more. It gives the Department of Justice the power to investigate and prosecute bias-motivated crimes committed due to race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics for 2016 show an ongoing epidemic of anti-transgender violence. FBI reporting is not mandatory and the numbers reported are most likely a fraction of the cases that actually occur. The Human Rights Campaign has been calling on the Trump Administration for improve the reporting and the passage of state laws that protect LGBTIQ individuals from hate crimes, expanded education, and training initiatives (Dashow, 2017).
While the impact of this law on society has been great, research shows that the LGBTQ community continues to be the target of hate crimes, more than any other minority group. Reports show that many times hate-crimes are not reported and this is clearly where we need to speak up. Please help to end this violence and sign this petition to advocate against LGBTQ hate crimes.
Dashow, J. (2017). New FBI data shows increased reported incidents of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes in 2016. Human Rights Campaign.
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