Recently, UCPeople reported on the status of hate crimes legislation. On Wednesday, President Obama signed hate crime legislation (H.R. 1913 / S. 909) that extends protection to people with disabilities, among others. The new law expands federal hate crimes protection to include those committed due to gender and gender identity, sexual orientation and disability. It also loosens limits on when federal law enforcement can intervene and prosecute crimes -- the biggest expansion of the civil-rights era law in decades.
A brief video of President Obama's remarks is below, and you can click this hyperlink to review comments regarding this legislation on the White House Web site.
For more information, please view the U.S. Justice Department, Bureau of Justice Statistics special report about hate crimes or contact Annie Acosta at (202) 783-2229.