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FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office focused on targeting hate crimes at community level – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-08-04 12:29:54 –

“We intend to invest resources in all field offices to address everything related to civil rights and hate crimes and include most of them in financial campaigns,” said Bujanda. “Now I want to let people know that it’s okay to come forward, whether it’s a local law enforcement agency, a partner, or the FBI. If you think so, let us know. You Is a victim of hate crimes. “

The FBI is working on a variety of campaigns to encourage people to reach out, including social media, billboards, and buses. The campaign aims to address the major issues of those who hesitate to submit hate crime reports.


"I would say the last five years there's been somewhat of an uptake," explained Bujanda. "If I look back at the numbers here within New Mexico in 2018, we had about 26 incidents that were reported. Now, in 2019, that almost doubled to about 50 but we're far from where we need to be and I think a lot of it is people just don't know how to report to the FBI."

The FBI's 2020 hate crime statistics will not be coming out until later this year. However, KOB previously reported that community concerns about hate crimes over the past year could be higher.

The department has been working with local civic leaders to ensure their concerns and questions are answered.

"Now that we've made it a national priority, we're looking at things initially we might have not looked at in the past, because it was being handled by state and local," said Bujanda, "For the most part now, anything that really happens that meets our thresholds, we'll open a parallel investigation not to get into the way of what the state and local partners are doing, but just to make sure that we're looking at it from a different perspective of, 'Was there a bias and what was that bias?'" 

If you would like to make a report, you can make a report online or call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324)



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