ANCHORAGE, AK — The FBI is engaged in a national effort to educate the public about hate crimes and encourage reporting to law enforcement. This week, the FBI field office in Anchorage launched a hate crime reporting campaign as part of that effort, which includes various digital, print, and radio ads across the state, and transit ads in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. Alaska’s effort is tied to a national FBI awareness campaign that hopes to spur education efforts and increase reporting: “Protecting Our Communities Together: Reporting Hate Crimes.”
“All Alaskans should be able to thrive in our communities without fear that their skin color, what they believe or who they love, will make them a target of violence,” said Antony Jung, special agent in charge of the office of FBI grounds in Anchorage. “The FBI hopes this campaign will encourage victims and witnesses to come forward, which will strengthen our ability to solve hate crimes, bring criminals to justice and provide support to victims. “
Hate crimes are among the top priorities of the FBI due to the devastating impact they have on families and communities. Hate crimes are not just an attack on the victim, they aim to threaten and intimidate an entire community.
The FBI defines a hate crime as a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s biases against race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or a gender identity. The FBI is the primary investigative agency for criminal violations of federal civil rights laws and works closely with its law enforcement partners in many of these cases, even when federal charges are not pursued. The FBI also works to detect and prevent incidents through law enforcement training, public education, and partnerships with community groups.
Anyone who has information about or thinks they are the victim of a federal hate crime should contact the FBI by phone at 1-800-CALL-FBI or online at tips.fbi.gov.