The House of Representatives passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act last Wednesday, a move long fought for by many rights groups, including especially the Human Rights Campaign [HRC]. The Act, known in the Senate as the Matthew Shepard Act, will go to the floor for a vote this week. Please contact your Senators asking them to vote FOR the passage of S. 909, the Matthew Shepard Act.
The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act gives the Justice Department the power to investigate and prosecute bias-motivated violence where the perpetrator has selected the victim because of the person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. It also makes grants available to state and local communities to combat violent crimes committed by juveniles, train law enforcement officers, or to assist in state and local investigations and prosecutions of bias motivated crimes. Click here for more information.