In November 2013, the FBI released the Hate Crime Statistics, 2012, a report that has been compiled every year since the early 1990s. This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about hate crimes, the annual report and background on the 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA). Students will also explore possible actions they can take to prevent hate crimes.
For more information, see ADL’s webpage on Hate Crimes Law and the No Place for Hate education initiative.