Support Comprehensive Federal Hate Crimes Legislation
On April 2, 2009, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1913) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Under current federal law, prosecution for a hate crime is possible for crimes committed on the basis of a person's race, color, religion, or nation origin when the victim is engaged in a federally protected activity such as voting. The current bill would extend federal protection to include gender identity, sexual orientation, gender and disability. It would require the FBI to track hate crimes in these categories. And it would remove the limitation that a hate crime be committed while a person is engaged in a federally protected activity.
Crimes motivated by hatred of transgender and gender non-conforming people occur all too often. Just last week, we told we you about the New York State hate crimes prosecution of Lateisha Green's attacker. Federal law must protect transgender people from hate crimes.
Transgender people should have federal protection from hate crimes. Contact your representatives today through the Task Force Action Fund and urge them to pass comprehensive federal hate crimes legislation.