Justice Department launches nationwide anti-hate effort

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U.S. Justice Department officials are embracing the benefits of a new national initiative to combat unlawful acts of hate.

The United Against Hate program organizes local forums connecting community groups with federal, state and local law enforcement to broaden community understanding and report hate crimes while building trust between law enforcement. order and communities.

“The Department of Justice remains committed to enforcing federal hate crime laws,” Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said. “That’s why the Department of Justice has launched its new Unite Against Hate program. This initiative brings together community groups, community leaders and law enforcement at all levels to build trust and strengthen coordination to combat unlawful acts of hate.

Over the next year, all 94 United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) will be involved in the effort. The program further envisions building and strengthening alliances between law enforcement, other government partners and community groups to address acts of hate. The first cohort of 16 USAOs will begin rolling out the Unite Against Hate programs this fall.

“U.S. prosecutors are essential partners in the Justice Department’s efforts to respond to hate crimes in communities across our country,” said Kristen Clarke, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. . “The stronger the ties between communities and law enforcement, the more confidence communities will have that their allegations will be investigated and taken seriously. This moment requires a comprehensive strategy to fully address unlawful acts of hate. The Unite Against Hate program brings together the broad network of civil, government, religious and community rights leaders needed to improve reporting, promote prevention strategies and build the resilience needed to deal with hate crimes and incidents.

Elna M. Lemons