FBI Board Approves Adding Sikhs, Hindus to Crime Reports

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Civil rights activists hailed an FBI advisory board decision June 5 which would add Hindus, Sikhs, Arabs and other ethnic minorities to a report that tracks hate crimes.
The board recommendation must now be approved by FBI director Robert Mueller.

If approved by Mueller, implementation will begin in 2015, said FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer.


The decision was made by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services advisory board, which governs the operational policies and procedures of the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program.
The board approved a motion to modify UCR hate crime data collection procedures to begin including all self-identified religions including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Jews, along with atheists and agnostics, according to Fischer.


Federal forms currently do not disaggregate hate crime data for any South Asian American community, collectively adding them to the Asian American category.


Following the spate of hate-motivated attacks in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Sikh American activists have long pushed for a check-box to identify Sikhs on the federal Hate Crimes Incident Report.