The  U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a September 19 hearing on “Hate Crimes & the Threat of Domestic Extremism.” AFSC presented important testimony challenging those who advocate hate crime legislation to consider that such laws are seriously flawed by their reliance on penalty enhancements – which produce unintended consequences. Read the testimony.

Much of AFSC’s testimony is based on its 2001 publication, “In a Time of Broken Bones:  A Call to Dialogue on Hate Violence And the Limitations of Hate Crimes Legislation.”  Its recommendations remain relevant, in the face of rising incidents of hate-motivated violence both in the U.S. and abroad.