Some Hate Crime Victims "Feel Forgotten"

September 14, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 14, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "at least a dozen murders are being investigated as hate crimes by [Texas] authorities. Families of those victims say they share the grief of the families of those who perished at the World Trade Center and Pentagon and who were aboard the jetliners that crashed that day. But amid the commemorations and observances of the first anniversary of Sept. 11, they feel forgotten. Representatives of the national charities say the issue is not so simple. The September 11th Fund, as of mid-August, had collected $506 million and distributed about $336 million, the majority through cash payments to families of victims and people who lost their jobs or businesses. The group said that its intent has always been to do something for families of hate crime victims, but that proving direct links to the attacks has been difficult. Also, they said, the issue was clouded because families... received temporary assistance from a state fund to assist crime victims."