WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) today voted for and the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality Act (Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act), legislation that Upton helped introduce at the beginning of April. The NO HATE Act will improve hate crimes reporting and expand assistance and resources for victims of hate crimes.
The legislation passed as part of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 94-1 at the end of last month.
“We have sadly seen a huge uptick in hate crimes across the country as victims are targeted simply because of who they are. It is sickening,” Upton said. “The NO Hate Act is an extremely important step forward as we work to put a stop to these horrific crimes. I am grateful for my colleagues in the House and Senate for taking this issue seriously. As I’ve made clear: hate has no place in southwest Michigan or around the country.”
The Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act will help combat the recent surge in hate crimes by:
- Improving Reporting of Hate Crimes: This legislation will improve reporting of hate crimes by supporting the implementation of and training for NIBRS, the latest crime reporting standard, in law enforcement agencies without it. This will allow law enforcement agencies to record and report detailed information about crimes, including hate crimes, to the FBI. In 2019, more than 86 percent of agencies that participate in reporting hate crimes to the FBI reported zero hate crimes. Helping law enforcement agencies recognize and report detailed information on hate crimes and report that data to the FBI will help establish a clear picture of the threats that vulnerable communities are facing across the country.
- Encouraging Law Enforcement Prevention, Training and Education on Hate Crimes: This legislation will provide support to law enforcement agencies that establish a policy on identifying, investigating and reporting hate crimes, train officers on how to identify hate crimes, develop a system for collecting hate crimes data, establish a hate crimes unit within the agency, and engage in community relations to address hate crimes in that jurisdiction.
- Establishing Hate Crime Hotlines: This legislation will provide grants for states to establish and run hate crime hotlines, to record information about hate crimes and to redirect victims and witnesses to law enforcement and local support services as needed. This will make sure that hate crimes don’t go unreported and victims get the help that they need.
- Rehabilitating Perpetrators of Hate Crimes through Education and Community Service: This legislation will allow for judges to require individuals convicted under federal hate crime laws to undergo community service or education centered on the community targeted by the crime.
The bill was supported by many of the nation’s leading civil rights advocacy organizations and top law enforcement groups.