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On this day in 2009, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was passed by Congress.

11 years ago, the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed into law by the Obama-Biden administration, clearly demonstrating that protecting LGBTQ lives was a major priority. But we still have a long way to go. We must vote.

Robert Bowers, accused of killing 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, had his request to dismiss charges filed against him for violating the Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the Church Arson Act denied by a federal judge.

In 2009, we were proud to join his family as President@BarackObama  signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. Today and every day, we continue to honor his memory because there is still work to be done. @MattShepardFDN  @WyoJudyShepard 

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"Ahmaud Aubrey’s killers must be brought to justice. An important piece of that is bringing Georgia into the 21st century by passing a hate crimes prevention law."

Georgia is one of four states in the U.S. that doesn't have a hate crimes prevention law.

#Maine 's first hate crimes case since passage of the 2009 Hate Crimes Prevention Act has now gone to the jury #MEcrime  #Maine 

Congress must address the rise in hate crimes across the US. I wrote my Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act w/the victims of the Oak Creek attack—like Mr. Singh—in mind. It's time for Congress to finally pass this bill. We can’t keep ignoring the deadly menace in our own backyard.

We don’t tolerate anti-Semitism in New York City. The Mayor’s Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes and the NYPD are working with leaders in Crown Heights, Williamsburg and Boro Park to end attacks on Jewish New Yorkers and bring neighbors together.

Gregory Schneider (Washington Post reporter) talks hate crimes, prevention, and more. Thank you Mr. Schneider for joining me on #PoliticsNation  this evening.

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Izmir Ali Koch is still #wanted  by the #FBI  for failing to surrender to serve a sentence after violating the Shepard Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act. If you have information on Koch, call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324). #FugitiveFriday 

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Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for AG, voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Matthew’s parents, Judy and Dennis, lobbied hard for the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr HateCrimes Prevention Act. They knew it wouldn't bring their son back, but they wanted other LGBT people to have that protection and justice. May their example inspire us all in these times.

The shocking crime sent shockwaves throughout the U.S. and led to the passage of state and federal hate crimes laws, including the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2009. 3/5

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Sen. Feinstein also brought up Sen. Sessions' opposition to the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act in her opening remarks

The FBI still needs the public’s help to find Izmir Ali Koch, who is #wanted  for failing to surrender to serve a sentence after violating the Shepard Byrd Hate CrimesPrevention Act. If you have info on Koch, call your local FBI office. #FugitiveFriday 

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‘The bell rings even louder now and each day grows louder still.’ — 10 years this week today, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law, making hate crimes a federal offense

Help the #FBI  find Izmir Ali Koch, who is #wanted  for failing to surrender to serve a sentence he received for violating the Shepard Byrd Hate CrimesPrevention Act. If you have info on Koch, call your local FBI office or the nearest U.S. Embassy.

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As we mark 9 years since the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, we recommit ourselves to standing against the Trump Admin’s discriminatory efforts to ignore & erase our LGBTQ brothers & sisters.

FACT: Trump's HHS pick #Price  voted against the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, DADT repeal, federally funded needle exchange programs & ENDA.

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