Justice Department officials joined leaders and community partners from the state of Maryland on Monday to announce new federal investments aimed at combatting hate crimes across the country, as well as to highlight current national and local efforts addressing the devastating impact of hate crimes past and present. Maryland was chosen as a host site because the state has become a national model in addressing hate crimes. Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta joined Assistant Attorney General Amy L. Solomon, Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown and Acting Director Justin Lock of the Community Relations Service (CRS) in delivering opening remarks for the event.
Associate Attorney General Gupta announced $38 million in fiscal year 2023 DOJ funding will go to law enforcement and community programs and partners nationwide to help communities heal from hate crimes of the past, investigate and prosecute current cases and prevent future hate crimes.
“This is more than we have awarded in the last two years combined, which shows — in real dollars — our continued and increased commitment to this work,” said Associate Attorney General Gupta.
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