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Hate crimes are on the rise.

The FBI found a significant increase in hate crimes against religious minorities in 2016 compared to 2015, with a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes of 20 percent and a rise in anti-Jewish hate crimes of 16 percent.Brett Barrouquere, “FBI: Hate Crimes Reach 5-Year High in 2016, Jumped as Trump Rolled Toward Presidency,” Southern Poverty Law Center, November 13, 2017. Most of these crimes were reported in the last quarter of the year, which saw a 26 percent increase in hate crime compared to the same period in 2016.Brett Barrouquere, “FBI: Hate Crimes Reach 5-Year High in 2016, Jumped as Trump Rolled Toward Presidency,” Southern Poverty Law Center, November 13, 2017.

As of August 2017, the number of hate violence-related homicides against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-affected people rose to 36, the highest ever recorded by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, and a 29 percent increase from all of 2016.Emily Waters and Sue Yacka-Bible, A Crisis of Hate: A Mid Year Report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Hate Violence Homicides (New York: National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 2017), 4. This number included 16 such homicides of transgender women of color in the first eight months of the year, just one fewer than occurred during the entire year of 2016.Emily Waters and Sue Yacka-Bible, A Crisis of Hate: A Mid Year Report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Hate Violence Homicides (New York: National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 2017), 4. at 7.

The Vera Institute of Justice is developing a scientifically validated hate crime assessment tool that will help law enforcement, community groups, and educational institutions to better identify bias crime victims; improve data reporting, education, and institutional responses; reduce reporting barriers; and foster more effective service provision.