Hate Crimes Prevention Legislation Passes

On Thursday, July 23, the Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 was passed by the Senate. Why this is important is because included in this bill was the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which would take several important steps toward improving the nation’s response to hate crime, including expanding current federal law to recognize crimes motivated by disability. The federal government will now hae the ability to address those crimes that other jurisdictions are either unable or unwilling to investigate and prosecute.

Resources

Day in Washington Podcast #2 (Hate Crimes) – June 20, 2007 (Includes background information on hate crimes against people with disabilities)

 An Advocate Speaks about the Expansion of Hate Crime Law – From Disabled-World.com (originally from Capital News 9)  an interview with Friend-of-DIW,  Anita Cameron.

L.A. Times Editorial – Narrow the Hate Crimes Act – A perspective about why disability should NOT be included in hate crime legislation

(If you cannot access the editorial directly at the L.A. Times site above, a copy of the editorial is also available at:  http://www.aapd.com/News/legislature/071029lat.htm)

Day in Washington #13 – Hate Crimes Update – November 7, 2007  (An additional resource on the history of this legislation)