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H.R. 2416: Stop Hate Crimes Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 8, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

What if a victim was attacked in part because of their demographic characteristics, but that wasn’t the only reason?

Context

Congress passed the first law banning hate crimes in 1968, but according to the FBI, hate crimes in 2019 reached their highest level in 11 years, with 7,314 documented cases and 51 hate crimes murders.

Data for hate crimes in 2020 won’t be released until around November 2021, but some fear that the numbers could show a further increase once again, especially with reports of increased hate crimes towards Asians and Asian-Americans after the COVID-19 pandemic emerged from China.

In response, Congress enacted the COVID-19 Hate Crimes ...


I

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2416

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 8, 2021

(for himself, Mrs. McBath, Mr. Ruiz, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Takano, Ms. Escobar, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mrs. Hayes, Ms. Chu, Mr. Castro of Texas, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Horsford, Ms. Garcia of Texas, Ms. Bass, Mrs. Demings, Mr. Swalwell, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Neguse, Ms. Williams of Georgia, Mr. Blumenauer, Ms. Meng, Mr. Correa, Mr. Panetta, Ms. Velázquez, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois, and Ms. Matsui) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to clarify the causation element in the Federal hate crime statute, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stop Hate Crimes Act of 2021.

2.

Clarification as to causation element in hate crimes

Section 249(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A)—

(A)

by striking because of and inserting if; and

(B)

by inserting after origin of any person the following: was a contributory motivating factor for causing or attempting to cause such injury; and

(2)

in paragraph (2)(A), in the matter preceding clause (i)—

(A)

by striking because of and inserting if; and

(B)

by inserting after disability of any person the following: was a contributory motivating factor for causing or attempting to cause such injury.