Thursday, November 22, 2007

FBI Report Documents Hate Crimes Against Latinos at Record Level

Estos tiempos son difíciles. -Dra. Valenzuela

FBI REPORT DOCUMENTS HATE CRIMES AGAINST LATINOS AT RECORD LEVEL
Hate crimes rise as anti-immigrant campaigns fill the airwaves and fuel anti-immigrant local ordinances
November 19, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Bureau of Investigation Hate Crimes Statistics Report released today demonstrates the real societal impact of anti-immigrant campaigns launched over the airwaves and through anti-immigrant legislation. The report shows a sharp increase in the number of hate crimes reported against Hispanics based on their ethnicity or national origin to the highest levels since the reports were first mandated by the Hate Crimes Statistics Act.

According to the report, in 2006, Hispanics comprised 62.8% of victims of crimes motivated by a bias toward the victims’ ethnicity or national origin. In 2004, the comparable figure was 51.5%. Since 2004, the number of victims of anti-Hispanic crimes increased by 25%.

“Anti-immigrant hatred heard on the radio and cable shows reaches America’s neighborhoods with real consequences,” stated MALDEF President and General Counsel John Trasviña. “Heightened anti-immigrant sentiment has blocked immigration reform and seeks to turn local police into immigration law enforcers thus making it more difficult for victims to report crimes. The FBI report should serve as a wake up call to our nation’s leaders to take action on comprehensive immigration reform, reduce tensions and safeguard the basic civil rights and liberties of all Americans.”


The report goes on to demonstrate the steady growth of anti-Hispanic hate crimes after 2004.


2006: 576 anti-Hispanic crimes against 819 victims


2005: 522 anti-Hispanic crimes against 722 victims


2004: 475 anti-Hispanic crimes against 646 victims


2003: 426 anti-Hispanic crimes against 595 victims


2002: 480 anti-Hispanic crimes against 639 victims


http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/hc2006/index.html


Founded in 1968, MALDEF, the nation’s leading Latino legal organization, promotes and protects the rights of Latinos through litigation, advocacy, community education and outreach, leadership development, and higher education scholarships.

For more information contact:
Estuardo Rodriguez: 202-631-2892
Peter Zamora: 202-293-2828
http://maldef.org/news/press.cfm?ID=444

3 comments:

jorge_as said...

Es indignante que los medios de comunicacion promuevan la discriminacion en contra de los migrantes, cuando USA el pais con mas origen etnico ya que se pueden encontrar islandese, italianos,etc, tosos los descendientes de razas sajonas se creen con derechos legitimos cuando tambien son migantes, pero debido al parecido fisico no es de gran importancia su procedencia, pero los latinos por nuestros rasgos fisicos somos descriminados.

jose antonio said...

todos tenemos derecho a creer lo que mejor nos parezca pero cuando la exteriorizacion de nuestras ideas afecta a otros es necesario que intervenga el estado. resulta increible que el pais con el control mediatico mas completo permita que se promuevan las conductas racistas y antiinmigrantes. sin embargo no estoy de acuerdo con la clasificacion de "crimenes de odio" porque ello es discriminante de igual manera, llevada a un extremo esa idea podria desembocar en una ley con sus sanciones para cada grupo minoritario y eso seria absurdo.

Jackie said...

En verdad es una verguenza ver que en pleno siglo XXI sigamos viendo este tipo de ignorancia, pero algo que si quisiera comentar es que estoy en desacuerdo con que se tipifique diferente este delito, pues solo incrementamos esta distinción. O si el ofendido no fuera un inmigrante, no sería un crímen cometido por odio?
En mi opinión debería castigarse por igual y no tener un tipo penal específico para éstos crímenes.