ADC Urges Tracking of Anti-Arab Hate Crimes
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | October 24, 2012 – Recently, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), represented by Legal Director Abed Ayoub, was given the distinguished opportunity to present to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Subcommittee of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS). The invite to present followed a written request by ADC to the Department of Justice to include “Arab” among the “race” identities that may be recorded on the Hate Crime Incident Report (Form 1-699) in hate crimes data collection pursuant to the Hate Crime Statistics Act (HCSA).
The presentation, which was given last Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona, highlighted and stressed the importance of including an “anti-Arab” category. ADC provided multiple examples of hate crimes based on anti-Arab sentiment, which have occurred over the past decade. Ayoub stressed to the UCR Subcommittee that enumeration will have many benefits, stating, “Over the past decade, and for decades prior, Arab A