AIAAS is proud to be part of the Anti-Defamation League Southeast's 30 member coalition to fight for a hate crime law in Georgia, working with lobbyists and political leaders to get hate crime legislation considered in the next legislation.
Georgia is one of five states without a hate crime law.
Bias-motivated violence in our nation is still a sad reality, and nationwide, a hate crime occurs every 90 minutes. It is long past time for Georgia to protect its citizens with a law that provides enhanced penalties for bias crimes committed against someone because of who they are. Georgians from across the state are asking our legislators to support hate crime legislation in the 2020 session. While we cannot outlaw anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia or other forms of bigotry, we can significantly improve hate crimes.
Hate crime legislation is needed in Georgia because:
Georgia is one of just five states in the nation that does not protect its citizens against hate crimes.
The federal legislation leaves several holes that leave the victims of hate crimes without legal recourse.
Hate crimes demand a priority response because of their special emotional and psychological impact on the victim and the victim’s community.
Hate crime laws protect all of us. Hate crimes laws don’t speak in terms of African American, Jewish or Gay. The bill covers the following categories: race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, mental disability and physical disability.
The Coalition for a Hate Free Georgia represents 31 organizations advocating for better hate crime laws in Georgia for 2019. Download a full list of the Coalition members.