Justice Department testifies on hate crimes prevention, enforcement

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The following is testimony as prepared for delivery by Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, Roy Austin, on the subject of hate crimes prevention and enforcement.

“Good afternoon, Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Graham, and members of the Subcommittee. I am honored to come before you to represent the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and discuss one of the Department’s priorities – hate crimes prevention and enforcement.

The topic of this hearing is deeply important to me on a professional and personal level. As a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, I oversee the dedicated career professionals in the Division’s Criminal Section who are charged with prosecuting hate crimes across the country.”

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