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On October 22, the United States Senate passed the landmark Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act on a vote of 68-29. The legislation expands the coverage and protection of federal hate crime laws to include sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability. The House  of Representatives passed a conference version earlier this month. The bill is expected to be quickly signed into law by President Obama.


Devin Burghart

Author Devin Burghart

is vice president of IREHR. He coordinates our Seattle office, directs our research efforts, and manages our online communications. He has researched, written, and organized on virtually all facets of contemporary white nationalism since 1992, and is internationally recognized for this effort. Devin is frequently quoted as an expert by print, broadcast, and online media outlets. In 2007, he was awarded a Petra Foundation fellowship. more...

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