Hate Crimes & the Threat of Domestic Extremism

The  U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a September 19 hearing on “Hate Crimes & the Threat of Domestic Extremism.” AFSC presented important testimony challenging those who advocate hate crime legislation to consider that such laws are seriously flawed by their reliance on penalty enhancements – which produce unintended consequences. Read the testimony.

Much of AFSC’s testimony is based on its 2001 publication, “In a Time of Broken Bones:  A Call to Dialogue on Hate Violence And the Limitations of Hate Crimes Legislation.”  Its recommendations remain relevant, in the face of rising incidents of hate-motivated violence both in the U.S. and abroad.

In a Time of Broken Bones

Published in 2001, this booklet by Katherine Whitlock made a call for dialogue on hate related violence and hate crimes legislation.  In her acknowledgements Kay wrote: "The publication of this Justice Visions working paper on hate violence reflects the deep spiritual and social commitment of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) to address the root causes, and not only the most visible symptoms, of hatred, intolerance, and violence."

Senate Hearing on Hate Crimes & the Threat of Domestic Extremism Testiomy

AFSC is concerned that too often nations, institutions, communities and individuals respond to hate with hate, or respond to violence with even greater violence. Addressing hate crimes calls for a much deeper, more nuanced, and more thoughtful process.

Justice Vision Papers

From 2001 to 2003, AFSC wrote a series of papers looking at the prison system in the United States. These papers discuss the use of solitary confinement and other abuses suffered by inmates. Many of these abuses are greater now than they were then, maintaining much of the relevancy of these reports.

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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