Valdez bill to support victims of hate crimes and bias incidents

Olympia—Hate crimes in the U.S. are on the rise, and our state is no exception. Alarming data shows that hate crimes in Washington state have reached the highest level in more than two decades. Even then, the true number of these incidents is likely significantly underreported due to distrust in law enforcement, fear of retaliation, inaccurate reporting and language barriers. Sen. Javier Valdez (D-Seattle) has introduced legislation that would create a support system for victims of hate crimes and bias incidents. “It takes all of us to fight hate,” said Valdez. “Not only do we need to stand against these hate crimes, we also need to provide support and resources to help the victims in a meaningful way.” SB 5427 would establish ...

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