Soldiers Satan On May 20, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced new measures totaling $10 million to combat hate crimes and other "bias-related occurrences."
On May 20, 2022, Attorney General Merrick Garland (L) and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco attend an event commemorating the first anniversary of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act at the Department of Justice Robert F. Kennedy Building in Washington.
This comes only days after the House approved legislation authorizing specialized offices inside federal government agencies in the United States to monitor domestic terrorism and hate crimes.
As part of their efforts, the DOJ and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued "new recommendations" to promote awareness of hate crimes during the COVID-19 epidemic.
There is also $5 million available for grants to establish state-run "hate crime reporting hotlines" and to assist "community-based initiatives to preventing and responding to hate crimes." The Department of Justice will also appoint its first "language access coordinator."
"Throughout our history, and even today, hate crimes have had a unique effect because of the dread and fear they instill in whole communities," said Attorney General Merrick Garland in a statement.
"No one in our nation should be afraid of hate-fueled violence." The Justice Department will continue to employ every resource at its disposal to address illegal acts of hatred and hold those who commit them responsible."
Reports of violence towards Asian Americans in the mainstream media have increased since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.
In 2021, a Kentucky State University professor combed through publicly accessible data on about 100 assaults against Asians recorded by police between 2020 and 2021 and discovered that the perpetrator was classified as black in more than 60% of the incidents.
Hate crimes have historically been under-reported, with most victims, particularly immigrants, being afraid to disclose them. There is also a scarcity of reliable national statistics on anti-Asian hate crimes.
The notification by the DOJ came one year after the passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes and Khalid Jabara-Heather Heyer NO HATE Acts. The DOJ claims to have achieved more than 35 convictions of individuals accused with "bias-motivated offenses" since January 2021.
A hate crime is one that is "motivated by hostility against race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or handicap," according to the Department of Justice. Vandalism or property destruction is the most prevalent kind, accounting for approximately 30% of all cases.
However, more offenses are being classified as bias-related or hate crimes.
A countrywide campaign involving billboards, outdoor commercials, radio streaming, and social media ads has also been launched, along with conferences, tools, and training to assist the community and law police in identifying them.
According to the DOJ, it has gone "above and above" its responsibilities under the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, accelerating "the examination of some hate crimes by include new forms of hate crimes." In a press statement, it detailed its efforts to curb hate crimes.
Despite a "increase in hate crimes against numerous populations" during the epidemic, HHS Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said that some individuals were still hesitant to leave their homes "out of concern for their physical safety."
Becerra, who also serves on the White House Initiative and the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, said that the Biden administration is dedicated to "combatting hate crimes against all Americans."
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