According to a report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday, there was an 11.6% increase in hate crimes in the US in 2021 compared to 2020.

A new FBI report says the number of reported cases of hate crimes has risen to 9,065 in 2021 from 8,120 in 2020.

The bureau said that 64.5% of victims in 2021 were targeted due to their race, ethnicity, or background bias, while 15.9% were targeted due to bias due to sexual orientation, and 14. 1% were targeted due to religious bias.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has made fighting hate crime a top priority for the Justice Department.

In 2021, he provided funding and other resources to states and municipalities to help monitor and investigate hate crimes and ordered prosecutors to step up both criminal and civil investigations into such incidents.

“We continue to work with state and local law enforcement agencies across the country to increase the number of hate crime reports to the FBI,” said Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, the department’s third officer.

“Hate crimes and the devastation they inflict on communities have no place in this country. The Department of Justice is using all the tools and resources at our disposal to combat bias-motivated violence in all its forms,” Gupta said.

The release on Monday of a new FBI analysis marks the first time the bureau has been able to confidently report national trends in hate crimes since it moved to the new data collection system.

The uniform crime data released by the FBI in October 2022 contained gaps, with only 52% of US law enforcement reporting information for the full 12 months of 2021.

In their follow-up report, FBI officials said they were able to retroactively include crime data from some of the nation’s largest cities that had not yet transitioned to the new reporting format.

This meant that some major cities such as Los Angeles and New York are now included in its hate crime report, which compares trends between 2020 and 2021. Meanwhile, Chicago was able to provide data for two quarters of the report.

FBI officials said they routinely track the 130 most populous cities in 16 states to look for statistically significant trends. Of the 130 cities, 96 were able to provide the FBI with summary crime data for a new hate crime report.

Officials said the top five categories of hate crimes reported in 2021 were anti-black, anti-white, anti-gay, anti-Jewish, and anti-Asian.

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