NEWARK, NJ – Rachel A. Honig, the acting U.S. Attorney representing New Jersey for the Department of Justice today said he office will aggressively pursue hate crimes against Asians, minorities and crimes targeting religious groups.
“Some of the darkest hours that we have lived through recently as New Jersey residents have involved the horror of violence based on hate,” Acting U.S. Attorney Honig said. “We have seen anti-Semitic violence in Jersey City and a gender- and race-based attack at the home of a federal judge. Now, we face a rising tide of hatred directed at Asian-Americans. New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the country, and this kind of hate should find no home here. We urge the community to report hate-based crimes to the FBI and to contact our office’s civil rights hotline with information about discrimination in housing, employment, education, or public accommodations.”
“Hate crimes are not only an attack on an individual, but an entire community,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Crouch said. “Investigating these crimes is one of the FBI’s highest priorities. We will work diligently with our law enforcement partners to protect the rights of all Americans.”
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig and Special Agent in Charge Crouch urged all New Jersey residents to report hate-based crimes to law enforcement. Members of the public who have a civil rights concern or complaint should contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office through its civil rights hotline, which can be reached at 855-281-3339, or by filling out the following form on the Office’s website: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/page/file/1073316/download. The FBI’s Newark Field office can be reached at (973) 792-3000.