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Hate Crime - Related Resources

This section contains examples of nationally recognized agencies and organizations that provide services or information.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
The ATF investigates acts of arson, bombings and terrorism, as well as the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
BJA's mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
The mission of BJS is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. Visit the Hate Crimes section of the BJS Web site to view relevant reports.

Department of Justice: Civil Rights Division
The Civil Rights Division, created in 1957 by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.

Department of Justice: Community Relations Service (CRS)
CRS, the "peacemaker" arm of the U.S. Department of Justice for community conflicts and tensions, provides expert guidance and assistance to community officials and civic leaders to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict, violence, and civil disorders.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The FBI is the lead agency for enforcing federal civil rights laws and investigating hate crime is the number one priority of the FBI's Civil Rights Program. Additionally, the FBI provides data on reported hate crime incidences in the U.S. through its Hate Crime Statistics annual report.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. Included on the NIJ Web site is a Hate Crime section which provides information and links to publications and related resources.

Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
OJP provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
OVC is a federal office within the U.S. Department of Justice and is charged by Congress with administering the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund). Money from the Fund is distributed by the OVC to states to support state compensation and assistance services for victims and survivors of hate crimes, as well as other crimes such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, drunk driving, and homicide.