Uncovering Hate Crimes in America

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2009 Law

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 provides funding and technical assistance to state, local and tribal jurisdictions to help them investigate and prosecute hate crimes to the fullest extent, including crimes directed at the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The law was the first significant expansion of federal criminal civil rights law since the mid-1990s.

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