FBI to give presentation on hate crimes at start of League of Municipalities in Atlantic City

Members of Newark field office to explain how to identify instances — and recourses general public has (and may not know about)

The conflict in Israel has caused a number of antisemitic hate crimes in New Jersey and around the country.

Unfortunately, Israelis are just one of a number of groups to have been targeted in recent months and years, as hate crimes against Muslims, Asians, Blacks and members of the LGBTQ+ communities also are on the increase.

On Nov. 14, on the opening day of the League of Municipalities conference, representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation‘s office in Newark will give a talk on the increase in hate crimes, what you can do if it happens to you — and resources that are available to the general public that most are not aware of.

The event, to be held at Ocean Casino Resort from 10 am. to 2 p.m., is sponsored by the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce, but the content of the discussion will be broad-based.

“This is not just going to be about attacks on the LGBTQ+ community,” Pride Chamber Executive Director Gus Penaranda said. “This is about all hate crimes toward all groups.”

Penaranda said the FBI will give a short presentation, starting at 11, and then answer questions. The program, he said, is an outgrowth of the FBI Citizens Academy, where the agency explains to citizen groups all the ways they can help identify hate crimes.

“I think their presentation and answers will be incredibly informative and eye-opening,” he said.

The event is free. To register, click here.