Matthew Shepard/James Byrd, Jr.,
Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hate crime based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the FBI may be able to help you.

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 gives the FBI authority to investigate violent hate crimes, including violence directed at the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

This new federal civil rights law criminalizes willfully causing bodily injury (or attempting to do so with fire, a firearm, or other dangerous weapon) when:

(1) the crime was committed because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, of any person, or;

(2) the crime was committed because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person, and the crime affected interstate or foreign commerce, or occurred on federal property.

If you or someone you know is a victim of a hate crime, or if you have direct knowledge of such a crime, please contact your local FBI office (see below). This new law protects all persons equally regardless of immigration status. Reporting the incident to the FBI is a necessary step to ensuring justice for all victims of violent hate crimes.

FBI Field Office Contact Information

Albany, NY 518-465-7551
Albuqerque, NM 505-889-1300
Anchorage, AK 907-276-4441
Atlanta, GA 404-679-9000
Baltimore, MD 410-265-8080
Birmingham, AL 205-326-6166
Boston, MA 617-742-5533
Buffalo, NY 716-856-7800
Charlotte, NC 704-377-9200
Chicago, IL 312-421-6700
Cincinnati, OH 513-421-4310
Cleveland, OH 216-522-1400
Columbia, SC 803-551-4200
Dallas, TX 972-559-5000
Denver, CO 303-629-7171
Detroit, MI 313-965-2323
El Paso, TX 915-832-5000
Honolulu, HI 808-566-4300
Houston, TX 713-693-5000
Indianapolis, IN 317-639-3301
Jackson, MS 601-948-5000
Jacksonville, FL 904-248-7000
Kansas City, MO 816-512-8200
Knoxville, TN 865-544-0751
Las Vegas, NV 702-385-1281
Little Rock, AR 501-221-9100
Los Angeles, CA 310-477-6565
Louisville, KY 502-263-6000
Memphis, TN 901-747-4300
Miami, FL 305-944-9101
Milwaukee, WI 414-276-4684
Minneapolis, MN 612-376-3200
Mobile, AL 251-438-3674
Newark, NJ 973-792-3000
New Haven, CT 203-777-6311
New Orleans, LA 504-816-3000
New York, NY 212-384-1000
Norfolk, VA 757-455-0100
Oklahoma City, OK 405-290-7770
Omaha, NE 402-493-8688
Philadelphia, PA 215-418-4000
Phoenix, AZ 602-279-5511
Pittsburgh, PA 412-432-4000
Portland, OR 503-224-4181
Richmond, VA 804-261-1044
Sacramento, CA 916-481-9110
Salt Lake City, UT 801-579-1400
San Antonio, TX 210-225-6741
San Diego, CA 858-565-1255
San Francisco, CA 415-553-7400
San Juan, PR 787-754-6000
Seattle, WA 206-622-0460
Springfield, IL 217-522-9675
St. Louis, MO 314-589-2500
Tampa, FL 813-253-1000
Washington, DC 202-278-2000

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