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Committee holds hearing for hate crime legislation

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by Mindy Aguon

Each year thousands of people around the nation are victims of hate crimes.  Bill 219 intends to safeguard the community from hatred and bias motivated crimes.  The Guam Alternative Lifestyles Association testified in support of Bill 219 - The Hate Crimes Legislation. 

GALA office manager Steven Torres says the island needs this legislation, telling KUAM News, "Hate crimes don't just hate to the victim, they are designed to intimidate, and terrorize whole communities on the basis of personal characteristics like race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and gender identity."

The Attorney General's Office also testified in support of the legislation, saying the measure must be put on the books, but they did suggest some minor changes to the bill.

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