ADL Calls FBI Report "A Disturbing
Snapshot of Hate in America "Urges Action to Close Federal Hate Crimes Gap
Washington, D.C., February 13, 2001... Calling the FBI's 1999
national hate crime statistics report "a disturbing snapshot of hate in
America,” the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called for expanded
bipartisan efforts to enact federal hate crimes legislation. The 1999 FBI hate
crime data, collected under the mandate of the Hate Crime Statistics Act (HCSA)
of 1990, documented 7,876 hate crimes reported by 12,122 law enforcement
agencies across the country. In 1998, the FBI reported 7,755 hate crimes from
Glen A. Tobias, ADL National Chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman,
ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
The FBI's 1999 hate crime statistics are a disturbing
snapshot of hate in America. The overall total of nearly 7,900 acts of
vandalism and violence directed at individuals and religious sites is deeply
troubling. The FBI figures reveal that the number of reported religion-based
crimes increased slightly from 1998 -- with nearly 80 percent of those crimes
directed against Jews and Jewish institutions. This high level of violence and
vandalism directed against Jews is another reminder that violent anti-Semitism
remains a significant problem in America.
We welcome the significant increase in 1999 in the number
of law enforcement agencies participating in the HCSA reporting program.
Enactment of the HCSA ten years ago and implementation of reporting across the
country has led to significant improvements in the response of the criminal
justice system to hate violence.
All Americans have a stake in effective response to hate
violence. Congress must do everything possible to empower the federal
government to assist local hate crime prosecutions - and, when appropriate, to
permit federal authority to investigate and prosecute cases in which the bias
violence occurs because of the victim’s sexual orientation, gender or
disability. Congress must act to permit federal authorities to act in those
circumstances where state and local officials cannot or will not prosecute
ADL will continue to take a leadership role in crafting
effective programming to address prejudice and bigotry and will continue to
promote bipartisan support for education and training efforts to address this
In the last Congress, bipartisan majorities in the Senate and
House approved separate versions of legislation expanding the existing federal
hate crime authority. That legislation, the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement
Act, was dropped in the final days of the session at the insistence of the
congressional Republican leadership.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.