“A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism (or threats to committ such acts) with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, the FBI has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” – FBI Definition of a Hate Crime
If you or someone you know is the victim of a hate crime, and if you are comfortable or in immediate/imminent danger call 911. You can also leave a tip with the local FBI field office.
FBI Field Office Page – FBI tracks hate crimes nationally, and you can leave a tip if you wish with the local field office.
If you wish to report through the community, here are some organizations within the AAPI community with Hate Crime reporting options.
If you need crisis support you may contact the Crisis Text Line by sending the text “HOME” to 741741. For more information about this resource, visit http://www.crisistextline.org/.
State Hate Crime Laws:45 states and the District of Columbia have statutes criminalizing various types of bias motived violence or intimidation. See a chart of hate crime laws by state here, from the NAACP.
Resources from the Stop Hate Project:
- When Hate Hits You: A resource guide on anti-Asian sentiment including examples of hate crimes, factors that cause anti-Asian sentiment, and steps to take when an incident occurs.
- A Troubling Legacy: A concise history of anti-Asian sentiment in the United States.
- An Unnoticed Struggle: A concise history of Asian American civil rights issues.
- Words Can Kill the Spirit: A brochure explaining racial slurs directed at Asian Americans.
- Anti-Asian Sentiment on Campus: A brochure that outlines what to do if a hate incident or hate crime occurs on campus.