Senator Boxer:  Senate Passes Hate Crimes Act   

Sunday, July 26, 2009  

 
Dear Friend:

The U.S. Senate recently passed legislation that will strengthen the ability of federal, state and local law enforcement to investigate and prosecute hate crimes.

The Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act adds gender, sexual orientation, disability and gender identity to the list of protected categories under federal hate crimes laws. The measure also provides additional federal support to state and local authorities investigating and prosecuting hate crimes.

I am pleased to share with you my statement on the passage of the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

“Tonight’s vote to combat hate crimes is a great step forward in our journey to form a more perfect union.  Violent acts based on gender, sexual orientation, disability and gender identity are hate crimes propelled by bias and bigotry, and they can never be tolerated in a fair and just society. This legislation will help law enforcement investigate and prosecute hate crimes across the country. More than 10 years after the senseless and brutal death of Matthew Shepard, this vote brings us closer to the day when we will truly be able to say there is equal justice for all.”

The Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill.  You can count on me to continue to work for this bill until it finally becomes law.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer, US Senator, California
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer