Hatred fueled by prejudice and bias has motivated criminal acts throughout history and hate crimes continue to challenge the safety and well-being of people in the United States.
A hate crime is defined as a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society that is motivated, in whole, or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.
The U.S. Department of Justice is dedicated to combating hate crimes and providing services to victims of hate crimes.
The following resources provide information on hate and bias crimes.
Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, CRS is the only Federal agency dedicated to assist State and local units of government, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, incidents, and civil disorders, and in restoring racial stability and harmony.
CRS facilitates the development of viable, mutual understandings and agreements as alternatives to coercion, violence, or litigation. It also assists communities in developing local mechanisms, conducting training, and other proactive measures to prevent or reduce racial/ethnic tension.