Rabbi Moshe Hauer, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America’s executive vice president, spoke at a press conference at the FBI’s Newark field office on August 18. It kicked off the FBI’s “Protecting Our Communities Together,” a national awareness campaign aimed at promoting the reporting of hate crimes and discrimination to federal authorities.
“Too many people within our community treat the hate and discrimination they experience as an expected part of life,” Rabbi Hauer said. “Until we learn to report these regular incidents as they occur, our law enforcement authorities won’t be able to pursue the culprits, nor will meaningful change occur. The OU welcomes the opportunity to partner with the FBI in this awareness campaign, and we hope that those who experience hate crimes and discrimination will report these incidents.”
Though the Justice Department believes that the majority of hate crimes go unreported, the FBI’s most recent hate crimes report notes that Jews remain by far the religious group most targeted for hate crimes; 60 percent of reported hate crimes are aimed at Jews.
As part of its national advertising and awareness campaign, the FBI’s 56 field offices have received funding to promote awareness and to encourage people to report the incidents either by phone, at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or online at tips.fbi.gov.