Congress Must Pass Bicameral, Bipartisan Bills to Document Hate and Protect Our Communities

Contact: Kristen Voorhees, [email protected], 202.548.7166

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral bills to improve documentation of hate crimes:

“To fight hate, we must first understand it. In order to make meaningful progress toward combating violence against our most vulnerable communities, we must have reliable, accurate data collection. The Senate’s bill, named after hate crime victims Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer, and the House’s companion bill are the bipartisan, bicameral actions we need to improve our government’s approach to addressing hate. We thank Senator Blumenthal and Representatives Beyer and Olson for their leadership in introducing these bills. To honor Heather Heyer, Khalid Jabara, and all victims of hate, Congress must pass this legislation.”

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