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Wnited States Senate WASHINGTON, DC 20610 August 10, 2018 John M. Gore Acting Assistant Attomey General Civil Rights Division U.S. Department of Justi 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530 Dear Acting Assistant Attorney General Gore: Nearly one year has passed since the violence and domestic terrorist attack that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia between August 11 and August 12, 2017. As the one year anniversary of that tragedy approaches, we write regarding the progress made by the Department of Justice in carrying out the actions called for in S.J-Res.49, a joint resolution condemning that event. it Trump signed the resolution into law (P-L. 115-58) on September 14, 2017. As s Senators, we led the effort that unanimously passed both chambers of Congress and ‘was signed into law by the President, The legislation rejects White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and other hate groups, and urges action from the President and his administration to combat this growing threat. Specifically, the law urges the Attorney General to work with “the Secretary of Homeland Security to investigate thoroughly all acts of violence, intimidation, and domestic terrorism by these groups to determine if any criminal laws have been violated and to prevent those groups from fomenting and facilitating additional violence.” Further, the law directs the Attorney General to collaborate with “the heads of other Federal agencies to improve the reporting of hate crimes and to emphasize the importance of the collection, and the reporting to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, of hate crime data by State and local agencies.” More broadly, the law directs the administration to use all available resources to address the growing prevalence of hate groups. Given the direction provided to the Department of Justice in this legislation, we request that you provide our offices an update within 30 days of receipt of this letter on activities that you have undertaken in furtherance of the provisions of S.J. Res. 49, as well as a full report on the multi- agency efforts on hate crimes data collection, As you implement this request, we are particularly interested if you have implemented, or plan to implement, the following: the creation of a task force dedicated to addressing hate violence, sufficient funding for civil rights offices, robust data collection procedures to document the prevalence and nature of hate crimes in the U.S. a federal website on hate violence to convene resources and communicate effectively to the public, the development of incentives for participation in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hate Crime Statistics Act reports, increased training and education for jurisdictions that underreport hate crimes, and the use of grants to promote strong enforcement on these issues. We appreciate your attention on this important matter and look forward to your response within 30 days. Sincerely, — ) Lh RM, I2*1L, MARK R. WARNER TIM KAINE United States Senator United States Senator