The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation’s criminal justice system. Through grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services, BJA provides state, local, and tribal governments with the tools and best practices they need to reduce crime, support justice system personnel, and combat victimization.
BJA provides funding and other support through a number of programs and services. Following are a sampling of available BJA resources that are specifically related to hate crime matters:
JAG Funding to Combat Hate Crimes
See the letter to State Administering Agency Directors from Acting Director Mahoney regarding how Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funding can be used to combat hate crime.
Following are some of the BJA programs that focus on investigating and prosecuting hate crime offenses:
- Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
- Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations Program
- Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Program
- Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Program