Allred Votes for Bipartisan Bill to Combat Rise in Hate Crimes, Specifically Against Asian-Americans

May 18, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) today voted to pass the bipartisan COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to improve hate crime reporting and combat incidences of hate-related violence, with a particular focus on the dramatic rise in anti-Asian hate incidents seen across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill was passed by the House with strong bipartisan support and, having already passed the Senate, is headed to President Biden to be signed into law.

“Hate crimes and violence against Asian-Americans cannot be tolerated and we must do everything we can to ensure no one is discriminated against or harmed because of who they are,” said Allred. “The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act makes sure that federal, state and local agencies are working to improve coordination and to hold those who have committed these crimes accountable. North Texas is home to a diverse Asian-American community and I will continue to stand with my neighbors against hate.”

Allred is an associate member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). 

Key Provisions of the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act:

  • Orders the Review of COVID-19 Hate Crimes: This bill designates an expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes by the Department of Justice and requires reports of any such crime be relayed to federal, state or local law enforcement agencies, until one year after the end of the pandemic emergency. 
  • Requires the Issuance of Guidance for Law Enforcement Agencies on Hate Crimes: This legislation requires the Attorney General to issue guidance for state, local, and tribal governments on how to establish online reporting of hate crimes or incidents, collect disaggregated data and expand public education campaigns about hate crimes and victims. It also requires the Attorney General and the HHS Secretary to issue best practices on how to raise awareness of hate crimes committed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Improves Reporting of Hate Crimes: It supports the implementation of and training for the National Incident-Based Reporting System in law enforcement agencies without it.  
  • Encourages Law Enforcement Prevention, Training and Education on Hate Crimes: This bill will provide support to law enforcement agencies that establish a policy on identifying, investigating, and reporting hate crimes, train officers on how to identify hate crimes, develop a system for collecting hate crime data, establish a hate crimes unit, and engage in community relations to address hate crimes. It also authorizes grants to states to establish and run hate crime hotlines.

Read the full text of the bill here.