S.728 - COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act117th Congress (2021-2022) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI] (Introduced 03/11/2021)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 03/11/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.728 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (03/11/2021)
COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act
This bill requires a designated officer or employee of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) hate crimes and reports of COVID-19 hate crimes.
It defines COVID-19 hate crime as a violent crime that is motivated by two things: (1) the actual or perceived characteristic (e.g., race or ethnicity) of any person, and (2) the actual or perceived relationship to the spread of COVID-19 of any person because of that characteristic.
The bill requires DOJ to issue guidance for state and local law enforcement agencies on how to establish online hate crime reporting processes in multiple languages and how to expand culturally competent education campaigns. Additionally, DOJ and the Department of Health and Human Services must issue guidance on best practices for mitigating racially discriminatory language in describing the COVID-19 pandemic.